Nubia DuVall Wilson’s new book ‘Encounters with Strangers’ shares fun and funny stories of her life in NYC
Check out this excerpt from the book:
New York City is full of talented citizens who are mostly never properly recognized. Musicians can take their tunes to the underground to get exposure through the Music Under New York program. What about other types of artists, such as the man on the NR line? I saw the Rubik’s Cube world champ of 1982, Mihn Thai, on the subway—only he was wearing glasses, had a short afro, and wasn’t Asian.
Traveling to work, I happened to sit next to a mad- scientist-looking black man who looked fifty-five or so. He was in his own little world, mumbling to himself, but it was the clicking and clacking of the retro Rubik’s Cube that really grabbed my attention. “H…I…T,” he whispered softly while displaying the individual letters he put together on three sides of the cube—each letter in the word he spelled was one complete color. “Put it…back…to solid,” he continued to himself, while rotating the cube with his nimble mahogany fingers. Within one minute, each side was back to its own individual color. Unbelievable! My mouth fell open in shock and admiration, and I turned to look at the people across the aisle to see if anyone else was watching. Newspaper reading stopped; silent back-to-work
griping ceased. Everyone was wide- eyed, looking at the unsung Rubik’s Cubehero. The Mihn Thai protégé was unaware of his audience as he continued to make symmetrical designs on each square over and over again, within
seconds—flowers, shapes, even symbols. I was so enthralled that (for once in my life) I didn’t want to get off the train! When I reached my stop, I said a silent good-bye to the Rubik’s master. I had hoped I would see him again
to ask him to tell me his story. Unfortunately, that day never came.
Where to buy:
Barnes and Noble –
Price: $11.00 print / $2.99 for Kindle (for limited time through December
then it is $4.99 after)
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