Kate Cox is a freelance writer and editor living in New York.
Nobody will say this, but the secret to New York City survival is a sturdy emotional filter. The flipside of said filter is that hundreds of our daily encounters fail to penetrate: the deli guy, the dry cleaner, fellow commuters—we so rarely engage in any authentic way. Jennifer Gonnerman’s 2007 piece for New York magazine, ‘The Deliverymen’s Uprising,’ did for bicycle deliverymen what the best writing always does; it burst that bubble. A successful longread can disrupt the practiced rhythm of our daily interactions. Gonnerman’s account of the deliveryman revolt against a local noodle shop disrupted mine. I haven’t undertipped since.