Reading Analysis

Subterranean Gothic – Paul Theroux

Subterranean Gothic is a personal essay detailing Paul Theroux’s investigation into the New York transit system and the effects that the subway has on the city and its inhabitants. Deeply embedded underground, amongst the stupefied subway patrons and vandalized rail cars, Theroux starts by unpacking the mythology that the subway has to New Yorker’s. He writes that most New Yorkers, “… haven’t been down there in years.” (1981)

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