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[Article] | Subways Are for Sleeping, by Edmund G. Love | Harper's Magazine

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The piece was written by Edmund G. Love eventually wrote a book that explored his adventures in greater depth. A magazine journalist named Angie McKay is given an assignment: to explore the world of the New York subway system and investigate the population of well-dressed homeless people who were using the cars as their nighttime place of slumber. Angie goes undercover, pretending to be an out-of-towner who is stranded in the Big Apple, with no money and no place to stay. She soon finds out that the homeless have a leader, a man named Tom Bailey who secures odd jobs and places to sleep for his followers.

Every now and then I come across someone on the subway who defies easy categorization. I remember, for instance, a man who boarded the 3 train in Brooklyn a few years ago wearing military fatigues and a bandolier packed with little glass bottles of liquids. I could keep going, but no doubt anyone who has lived in a city for any length of time has their own mental list of these self-styled subterranean eccentrics, grouped together not so much by any particular characteristic other than the fact that they seem only to exist underground. A few months ago I had the good fortune of getting to know one of them on the R train. He spoke of corruption in the Church of England and a long-gone love from Peru.

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The original Broadway production played in — The musical was inspired by an article about subway homelessness in the March issue of Harper's magazine and a subsequent book based on it, both by Edmund G. Love, who slept on subway trains throughout the s and encountered many unique individuals. With the profits from his book, Love then embarked on a bizarre hobby: over the course of several years, he ate dinner at every restaurant listed in the Manhattan yellow pages directory, visiting them in alphabetical order. Angie McKay is a magazine writer assigned to write a story about a group of well-dressed homeless people sleeping in the New York subway system.

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