|Roto-Scope Style Selfie at West Fourth Street Station, Manhattan|
Did you know the station is not deep? - in fact, it is like many subway stations in New York City built according to the cut-and-cover method of subway infrastructure building. It is crazy to think that construction on this segment of the subway system underneath Fourth Avenue started in 1906. It took a couple of decades to complete the final project but now - today! - you have a one-ticket ride from Bay Ridge in Brooklyn to Forest Hills in Queens.
On this particular excursion, I, a straphanger with a 30-day MetroCard, took the Sixth Avenue bound express train at 36th Street and ended up at West Fourth Street station in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan. Hence the selfie - notice the rotoscope-style photograph. I noticed Facebook added cool animation layovers to supplement the iPhone's camera function.
Hence - this filtered selfie shot makes me look way younger than I actually am.
Which made me reflect on modernity.
But I did watch a disturbing video about youth and violence: Baby Shark. In one scene, kids lay about laconically without affect - all emotion washed away. The camera does not move. We hear the cacophony of a video game. One kid tries to break the monotony. He asks for oral sex. He's rebuffed - and the scene cuts to him staring listlessly at the television - but then he gets up and fatally smashes his friend's head with a skateboard. Has modernity really taken us this far where youth has been relegated to the use of violence as the only means to "be woke"?
It reminds me of a quote from Flannery O'Connor - and I am paraphrasing - where she says the reason she includes violence in her short stories is that she realizes that violence is the most potent way to get people's attention.
In other news: I ate a colossal ham sandwich entitled "The Bomb" at a deli near Ditmars Boulevard in Queens.
If you squint, you can barely make out my wrinkles.