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Read Boise’s Anthony Doerr at Chipotle

Doerr’s “Two-minute Entreaty” explores notions of evolution and identity on the back of a Chipotle cup.
Doerr’s “Two-minute Entreaty” explores notions of evolution and identity on the back of a Chipotle cup. Idaho Statesman

The work of Boise-based Pulitzer Prize-wining writer Anthony Doerr (“All the Light We Cannot See”) is now immortalized on a Chipotle drinking cup. Doerr’s signature lyrically-dense style runs along the back of a soda cup in an original piece, “Two-minute Entreaty.” The short piece muses about what would happen if you tattooed a timeline of the world’s 4.5 billion-year history on your body.

It’s a great mix of Doerr’s penchant for science and his exploration of life’s bigger questions, condensed into a small space.

It’s part of Chipotle’s “Cultivating Thought” author series. This collaboration between Chipotle Mexican Grill CEO Steve Ells and writer Jonathan Safran Foerr, author of “Eating Animals,” offers literature — along with burritos and sodas — to Chipotle customers.

It started in 2014 with writers such as Foerr, poet Toni Morrison, actor and writer Bill Hader and novelists Barbara Kingsolver. The current series includes Doerr and novelists Laura Hillenbrand, Mary Roach, Jonathan Franzen, Colson Whitehead and others on either cups or bags.

So, no more mindless lunch. The next time you’re munching a Chipotle meal, take a moment and enjoy the literature, too.

Chipotle Mexican Grill in the Treasure Valley

305 S. 6th St., Boise, 901-3827

205 N. Milwaukee St., Boise, 376-3433

2126 N. Eagle Road, suite 100, 288-0595

1471 Caldwell Blvd., Nampa, 461-7401

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