“The Man Who Loved Flowers” by Stephen King follows a well-dressed young man walking through the streets of New York in the spring of 1963. He passes by an old lady who thinks he looks like he is in love and calls him beautiful. He waves at her, smiling.

An old flower vendor listens to the radio next to his cart. The radio broadcast includes news about various events: a hammer murderer roaming the city, the beginning of the Vietnam War, a dead woman found in the East River, the war on drugs, and the explosion of a Russian nuclear device.

The young man reaches the vendor and his cart, considering buying some flowers. Like the old lady, the vendor also thinks the man is probably in love. The young man thinks about how he used to buy small gifts for the woman he loves, Nor...

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