Here's how the story goes: Novelist Jonathan Safran Foer found himself at Chipotle with nothing to read. No magazine, no book, no smartphone. "I really just wanted to die with frustration," he told Vanity Fair.
From his frustration to Chipotle Chief Executive Steve Ells' ears, and next thing you know,
That's some seriously good reading.
It's not the first time disposable drinking cups have been used to communicate stories. In the 1970s, brightly colored children's Dixie Cups were decorated with corny jokes. In the early 2000s, East Coast doughnut chain Bess Eaton put text from the Bible on its cups. California burger favorite
Chipotle is calling its stories-on-cups series "Cultivating Thought." In addition to Morrison's story, there are pieces by Michael Lewis, Malcolm Gladwell,
"I selected the writers, and insofar as there was any editing, I did it," Foer told Vanity Fair. "I tried to put together a somewhat eclectic group, in terms of styles. I wanted some that were essayistic, some fiction, some things that were funny, and somewhat thought provoking."
Almost as soon as the story hit the Internet on Thursday, the commentary began. Some wondered what vegetarian Jonathan Safran Foer was doing in a fast-food restaurant, anyway? Others couldn't help but poke fun at the idea on Twitter.
@johnwilliamsnyt: I saw the greatest minds of my generation (and a few others) write for burrito bags
@APublicSpace : Come on, Chipotle. Everyone knows what we really want is poems engraved on grains of rice.
Athisisjendoll : i have never sat anywhere eating a burrito thinking "I want to read my cup," but then, I'm not Jonathan Safran Foer