Magazine February 20, 2017, Issue

Notes from Underground

Trucks at a Ford dealership in Encinitas, Calif. (Reuters photo: Mike Blake)

The most recent culture-war slappy fight involved transportation: Do you know anyone who drives a pickup truck, the vehicle of those who labor in the earth, the chosen people of God? Upstate of course is full of pickups, though my archetype of the country vehicle is the Volkswagen that Doug bought for $400, customized, then drove until it fell apart (its last incarnation was as a lumber wagon). But this for another time. In the city, the vehicle of choice is the subway, which is called the train.

Talk about old technology. With great fanfare and not a little mockery, the

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