Finger in the dike
The black box of doom
Help. I am of a somewhat delicate emotional constitution. Loud noises tend to startle me (including my band). Lately, I've been afflicted by something down inside the Farragut North Metro Station, which I pass through twice a day. Ceiling panels have been removed to reveal the vast beam of concrete that's supposed to keep L Street buildings from collapsing down onto the tracks and boarding platform. The beam has cracks. But it's not the cracks so much as THE BOX that's getting to me.
Under the decaying ceiling sits a GIANT BLACK CUBE of plywood, guarded by a pair of scary lifting machines. It has been there for months, and I don't like being near it. I can't see what's in there, but I can tell anyway. DESPAIR ITSELF. If it were an art installation, I'd count it as a powerful one, but I'd still avoid it. I could describe it as a symbol of insufficient Metro maintenance funding, or the plight of public transit in this country more generally, but that would be giving it a higher order of practical meaning than its makers intended.
No, existential dread has found this box and moved in. I hope they take it all away soon. If I disappear, look for me in there. --Tom Toles
Other Syndicated Editorial Cartoons:
Posted by: j762 | May 15, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: surferbeto | May 14, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: OchamsRazor | May 13, 2010 10:44 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: tossnokia | May 13, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: tossnokia | May 13, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: bobbo2 | May 13, 2010 6:52 AM | Report abuse
Posted by: taxcutsin12 | May 12, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: Kevin71707 | May 12, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse
The comments to this entry are closed.