Rudy and his friend Jeff are teenagers who hang out with other peers in the parking lot at Burger King. One night, when they listen to Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.” from their car radios, everyone raises their fists the way Springsteen did in the video concert. Jeff is flicking a lighter, and his hands catch fire. He is taken to the hospital where Rudy visits him and admires how well he is handling the accident.
by Alan Sternberg
March 13, 1988 (The New Yorker, March 21, 1988 Issue, P. 33)