Laughing Outloud: On the Metro

People collect different things. I collect books, for instance, while other people collect butterflies. One amusing thing that I have started to collect are snippets from books that I happen to be on the Metro to or from work, and which happen to be funny enough to make my laugh outloud.

This may not seem earth-shattering, and it’s not. What amuses me about it is that I can’t help from laughing. There I am, surrounded by the rush hour crowds on the train, nose buried in a book and suddenly I am laughing. Uproariously. I imagine it must make for an amusing sight to the other commuters.

At any event, whenever I come across one of these passages that make me laugh outloud on the metro, I plan to include a quote from the passage in a blog entry. All entries will be prefaced with “Laughing Outloud:” or you can find them by clicking on the Laughing Outloud on the Metro link on my reading list website.

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Published by Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.