Reading the Rails

September 6th, 2009 by

A couple days ago, The New York Times published an article about what people read on the subway. One of their reporters rode around on different train lines and asked random people about their choice in books — including one group of kids! Here’s the scoop:

Photo by Ruth Fremson/The New York Times

Photo by Ruth Fremson/The New York Times

The reporter was waiting for the 2 train at the Times Square stop, and she found herself surrounded by day-campers (ages 5-8) from Tremont United Methodist Church in the Bronx. They were on their way home from a full day of activities, and dead tired, so of course they were all plotting ways to score seats when the subway arrived.

So far, you may be asking yourself, “What’s the big deal?” After a long day, any of us would be tempted to shove aside pregnant women and elderly folks on the way to claim a seat! (Wait, did I just say that out loud? Ha ha, just kidding. I would never do that… again.) But here’s the unusual part of the story — the rule at Tremont Church is that if campers get a seat on the subway, they must read a book.

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