An Endcap Update
Hello Amazing Backers,
I had a dream to write this book. I wanted to write the book I wanted to write. I turned to you to give me the financial room to do just that, and I thank you.
I had 3 goals leading up to the launch.
1) Sell 1000 Copies
2) Amazon #1 Travel Section
3) iBooks #1 Travel Section
One month ago today the book went on sale. The last 30 days are a nice blur in which the following happened:
1) Sold 1012 Copies
2) The book rose to the #1 spot on Amazon's Hot New Releases and Travel Section
3) The book rose to the #1 sport on iBooks for the Travel Section
Thank you. Really. Thank you for helping give me the social pressure to tackle this.
I leave you with the start of Chapter 23:
There is something acutely powerful about being a passenger on a train, which grazes, even briefly, another train on a parallel track sharing the same speed. I sometimes think of the designers and engineers who were initially responsible for bringing such infrastructures into being, musing on how their creations have far outlived any of their abilities to control, tend, or care for what it is they incite: a neutral place where you can take a sudden, temporary moment’s view of another human being’s life. Eyes lock. Stories are told. Wordlessly, as it is an exchange that will never find voice; two people who will never speak. Perhaps you really do mean something to each other in that moment, though if you do it is probably very little. Perhaps you teach a lesson; perhaps you reform a stereotype. Perhaps. But somehow, that’s not where the power of the exchange lies. It’s more about witnessing, together, how you are both equal in the sense that you are traveling, that you are both simply going from one place to another. Equally moving through space. Equally reaching for a destination. In New York City, where the streets are held down by the texture of this energy, the energy of movement, the trains are central; they are the arteries, they make it happen. They connect us from point A to point B, but they also connect us in sharing in the movement itself. NYC, where the streets are held down by the texture of the energy of the city, the trains do this.
If you have finished reading the book I'd be honored to hear your thoughts.
Cheers from a finally sunny Zürich.
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