Greg Kinnear Really Wants to Cry

Greg Kinnear Really Wants to Cry

Bradley Babendir

It is 2014 and Greg Kinnear cannot feel sadness.

He cannot be sure, in the way that nobody can be sure of anything, the exact time he stopped feeling sadness. He is sure, in the way that anybody can be sure of anything, that the first time he recognized its absence was on March 23, 1998. It was the night of the 70th Academy Awards. He was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his role as a gay artist in As Good as It Gets. If any role was going to win him an Oscar, it was this one….

Bradley Babendir is an MFA candidate in Fiction at Emerson College. His fiction and criticism has been published by or is forthcoming at Bookslut, Full Stop, Los Angeles Review and elsewhere. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.


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