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October 24, 2013
Street Notes No. 4

Asian woman, 40 or so, with short rumpled hair, who, if not for the bright purple purse on her lap, would look like she was mistaking the subway for her sofa. Munching quietly on a cylindrical object held in her right hand, plastic wrap peeled down to the precise point where she's eating. It's corn on the cob, white with occasional darker kernels, and she hasn't missed a single one. She makes no sound, no mess, no rush, eating with neat order, around the cob. I wonder: From whose front door did she nab the cob?