By Mandi Bierly
Updated June 04, 2009 at 11:00 AM EDT

“In a coffee shop in a city, which is every coffee shop in every city, on a day which is every day/ I picked up a magazine, which is every magazine, and read a story, then I forgot it right away/ And they say goldfish have no memory, I guess their lives are much like mine/ And the little plastic castle is a surprise every time/ And it’s hard to say if they’re happy, but they don’t seem much to mind…” — Ani DiFranco’s “Little Plastic Castle”