Actor Jesse Eisenberg has a short piece about a sleepaway camp for kids with separation anxiety in his new book Bream Gives Me Hiccups.
In the piece, Eisenberg outlines a schedule for the camp, which involves plenty of phone calls home to mom.
For example, at 9 a.m.:
“Breakfast is served in the main dining hall, though most campers will choose not to eat breakfast, as it is hard to eat first thing in the morning because the day hasn’t started and this thought is mortifying. Those campers who boldly choose to eat will be given pancakes in the shape of their names, which will remind them of home and likely cause indigestion.”
The piece is only four pages long, but fits in nicely in a humorous collection of stories, anecdotes and clever prose by the Academy Award-winning. The title of the book comes from a series of restaurant reviews written by a nine-year-old boy.
Another piece in the book is of a guy’s email exchange with his first girlfriend while she is away at ballet camp. The exchange is taken over by his older sister, a college student studying the Bosnian Genocide. A reference is also made to a Camp Firewood in the footnote of a series of letters to a Miss Rita. The letter writer went to the camp for a weeklong trip in sixth grade.