Rails to reading on 1 train in novel
Posted January 12, 2018
Matthew Curcio self-published a novel called ‘1 Train’ about his experiences taking the 1 train while attending Manhattan College.
Julius Constantine Motal
By SEAN BROWNE
For many people, trips on the 1 train is merely a ride from one point to the next. But for Matthew Curcio, it’s inspiration.
Curcio chronicled those thoughts in a book he self-published last year called “1 Train,” a novel about Cameron Grayson, a college student who finds himself collecting his late grandfather’s belongings that are now his, taking him on an adventure from Manhattan to the Bronx.
While on the train, Grayson learns more about himself through interactions he has with fellow commuters.
Although the work is fiction, Curico based those experiences from his daily commute while a Manhattan College student.
“I found myself taking the 1 train everywhere, whether it was going out on the weekends with friends, or going to visit someone in the city,” Curcio said. “I kind of used the subway as a platform to really learn about who I was by looking at other people and observing them. That is what inspired me, looking at other people and observing the hustle and flow.”
Many of those real-life interactions made it into the novel, such as Grayson dealing with beggars, or meeting a professor from Columbia University. However, Curcio was most fond of running into elder people on the subway because of the stories they told.
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[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]
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