Small Talk in a Time of Terror

Over the past year, I’ve been taking a train into New York City a couple of times a week–not an unpleasant trip, for the most part, provided there aren’t any equipment problems or extreme weather conditions. In which case, well...keep calm and carry on. You have no choice. I usually see the same cadre of people, waiting, quiet, thoughtful folks, occasionally chatting with fellow commuters, but invariably ensconced in their smart phones, flipping through pictures or messages, texting, talking,[...]
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