Bill Hayes’ essay, which was just posted to the Virginia Quarterly Review‘s website, is a lovely meditation his experiences taking the subway in New York City.
I cannot take a subway without marveling at the lottery logic that brings together a random sampling of humanity for one minute or two, testing us for kindness and compatibility. Is that not what civility is?
Read the whole thing here.
*Bill Hayes is a Guggenheim fellow, frequent contributor to The New York Times and the author of the books The Anatomist, Five Quarts, and Sleep Demons.