New York In Slow Motion
Sometimes living in New York can feel like you’re living your life in fast forward. Lovers, seasons, and friends all bleed together to represent little moments in your young adult life. Before you know it, you’ve lived here for seven years. Just try not to think about where the time went.
Ironically, the moment when it slows down is the time you spend underground in the subways, away from the hustle and bustle of the streets. People shut down on the trains. Their faces go blank, they bury their heads in their clothes, it’s like they just caught their breath. When it’s time for you to get off at your stop, life snaps back into reality and you have to face the city again. Those few minutes it takes to get above ground are depicted beautifully in Sarah Klein and Tom Mason’s short film, “Sub City New York.” Using slow motion, they monitor the difficult transition from the underground back to the real world.
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If you’ve been looking for a chance to say something then this very well could be it.
I wish to God I’d had a list like this when I was 23.
Answer phones better than anyone else has answered phones before. Relay messages so brilliant, they bring people to tears. Turn the coffee run into the choreography of Swan Lake. Become best friends with every intern and every underling and every taxi driver you encounter.
I remember taking the pen and notebook from that woman outside the courtroom, flipping to a clean page in the book, and writing, JESSICA IS SAD in big, bold, uncoordinated letters. “My sister is going to be a good writer someday! Look at how nice her lines are!”