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Phillip Russell

Transience

I always know where I’m going. Except when I don’t. When I’m in New York City I’m neither a local nor a tourist. I’m not the sidewalk nor the person walking on it—I am the seam connecting the two tiles together, unnoticed but essential to stability. I’ve been here enough times to have exhausted all the usual tourist spots: to my dismay Madame Tussauds wax figures haven’t aged at all since I visited them as a kid, the same ferries that take people out to the oxidized Statue of Liberty are still running, and I’ve watched as Ground Zero has been turned into a tourist destination. Despite all of that, I still end up on the uptown train when I should be going downtown more times than I’d like to admit...

Phillip Russell

Phillip Russell is a writer living in more than one place. He published his first personal essay when he was procrastinating to write a college final. To his friends’ dismay it bolstered his big-headedness, a trait he’d discovered in the Bahamas, in a taxi, as he waited for paramedics to free his head from between the car’s two front seats. His work has appeared in Writer’s Digest, Crunchable, Hypertext, Zetetic Journal, and more.