How does one write about race, age, gender, experience? How does one point to the difference to show the similarity? Simple?
Two people sitting next to each other on the train. One is tired from a long day at high school full of young drama and learning. The other is equally tired from a boring eight to five reception job that pays the bills. They both bundle agains the cold on the crowded 3 train toward home. They will both read their way to their destination, content to be lost in the book world provided.
One holds a hard cover copy of a Shakespeare play checked out from the library. The other holds a paperback collection of Tennessee Williams plays, borrowed from a friend. Like the playwrights, they have never met and they will never speak, but they WILL ride this train together with the unconscious, mutual understanding to enjoy these theatrical worlds.
They are different ages as known. They are also different genders and shades in the same human color palette. They share their separate worlds until 116th St, where he finally decides to leave the delayed 3, which will sit for another five minutes. She will ride until 145th, eight pages away from finishing The Night of the Iguana.
Rocking thoughts is a serious of short observations made on the New York subway. An interesting cross section and environment that is truly and as much this city.