Exhibit A In The Perils Of Mass Transit

I’ve written before about the whole concept of certification, the idea (put forth by Walker Percy in The Moviegoer) that some places only become real to us once we’ve seen them onscreen.  And I’m hard pressed to think of a place for which that’s more true than New York.

Of course I’ve never actually been there.  But I can’t be the only one who feels like he has, because I’ve seen it in so many films and shows, heard it in so many songs, read it in so many stories.  In the best of those, the city becomes a living character in his own right.

Which brings me to a certain subway train… Continue reading