from: Ayad Akhtar

“She comes into class and she’s like, ‘What’s the meaning of the story you read last night?’ And I was like, ‘Meaning of a story? How could a story have a meaning?’ Everyone’s quiet and then she begins to speak. She says the train is life; every now and then one of wakes up to the question of what it is and where it’s going. We seek the answers from those around us. Those we would ask often have no idea there is a question. Those who have some sense of a question have no answer. The one who would seek to know the truth will find him or herself confronted with the fact that life is taking us into a great unknown and that the soul’s innate reaction to that knowledge is terror.'”

“Esquire,” Jan 2016, p. 79