Read at The Paris Review
The article recounts two encounters with death in unexpected places. The first incident takes place in a bakery where the owner has a contemptuous attitude towards his customers. The author describes the owner as a loud and theatrical gay man who uses his contempt as a form of entertainment. The second incident occurs when the author sees a woman's body on the sidewalk in South Beach. This incident makes the author reflect on the concept of 'dark tourism,' where people visit sites associated with death and tragedy.
The owner hated his customers because he'd created the wrong kind of flock in us.
In the second incident, the author and his girlfriend are asked to take a photograph of a couple in front of the house where Versace was killed. The author realizes that this patch of sidewalk has become a site of 'dark tourism,' where people visit places associated with death. The author reflects on the nature of these encounters with death, observing that they have a way of bringing people together, even in their sadness.
Earlier on the visit, Dyer and his girlfriend are asked to take a photograph of a couple standing in front of the house where Versace was gunned down.