what new yorkers are reading on the subway

Sunday, July 27, 2008

I Know Why the Cage Bird Sings

Manhattan-bound A Train in Brooklyn.
The book you see in the picture is I Know Why the Cage Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou. Taking a picture with my phone in a moving train is tough, and I am sorry that I am not more of a photographer. Moses didn't want his picture taken with the book, and I don't blame him, in some respects. I am a guy he's never met before, accosting him on a subway train and asking him about his book. The book itself is well known to me; as I high school teacher, I Know Why the Cage Bird Sings is a staple, or what Moses calls a classic. "It's a book about the American experience," Moses says. I asked him how. He said in the way we are still learning, as a country, to deal with race and gender, "regardless of how we see ourselves." It's not a "profound" book, he said, "because it's a reality."

1 comment:

Felicia said...

.I had to read this book for one of my classes this semester. It's a really good book on the life of Maya. It's very inspirational; when reading the book you feel like you're there with her. She's a very talented woman.