Writing in Transit: The Conversation Piece

Some read voraciously. Some play games on their phones involving candy or jewels. Some pretend to sleep. Some actually sleep.

When the train is crowded, there are a million ways to avoid eye contact with your fellow passengers. It’s lesson one in “how to survive the daily commute”; it’s a lesson learned well.

There is one thing, though, that will make everyone look up. It will make people speak up when they would normally stay silent. It makes them scrunch their nose and furrow their ebrows. It’s the perfect bonding agent for complete strangers.

The New York Times Crossword Puzzle.

Writing in Transit is a recurring series of 100-word stories based on my experiences on the subway. Posted on Fridays, they’re exactly 100 words. I double checked.

On an unrelated note, I’m giving Bloglovin a shot (in addition to Feedly. I want to explore all option before Google Reader ceases to exist). If you want, follow my blog with Bloglovin. Thanks!


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