Rachel Riederer teaches academic writing at Columbia University, where she was the 2008-2009 nonfiction editor of Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art. She is a contributor to the science section of The Faster Times and is at work on a book about the environmental disasters and management of Lake Victoria, the world’s largest tropical lake and source of the White Nile. 
Mar 01 2010
The bus will have to move. I’m under its rear tires on the passenger side, and with the crowd, the driver can’t see me in the mirror. “Can you please tell him to move?” I say to someone leaning over me. It is easy to be calm because I cannot really have been run over by a bus.