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One More Cup Of Coffee

Follow author Tom Pappalardo on a black coffee tour of cafes, diners, and convenience stores, as he travels the potholed side streets and witch-cursed back roads of Western Massachusetts. Grab a table and sit. Nod and smile at whatever the waitress brings you. Does it taste like a 9-volt battery dipped in old, hot Coke? Good. You’re in the right place.

This non-travel-guide will be your companion as you:
* Visit cafes overrun with bespectacled and be-bearded white male writers feverishly tweeting their clever observations.
* Eavesdrop on snippets of conversation — perfect for swift and context-free judgment!
* Seek the approval of old men skulking in diner booths, quizzing you on long-gone local businesses until you admit you’re not a real townie.
* Spiral off on occasional departures from reality.
* Angrily shake your fist at those consarned millennials with their preferred pronouns and befuddling emoji.
* Delve into scathing social critiques of corporate coffee chains th— OH GOD I’M BORED ALREADY.
* Suffocate as caffeine-fueled paranoia destroys you from within.
* Sit quietly; stare at phone.
* Curl into fetal position on a sticky convenience store floor, between the humming refrigerator case and the high fructose sadness.
* Have some coffee?

Important places

Smith College (20)
Amherst (31)
Haverhill (14)
Holyoke (5)
Northampton (21)
Pioneer Valley (3)
Springfield (11)


Hampden (22)
Hampshire (76)
Essex (214)


Massachusetts (3,085)


United States (64,950)

Other geographical areas

Appalachian Mountains (1,111)
New England (5,830)