LAST STOP ON THE Z TRAIN spans genres: space opera, tragedy, magical realism, comedy… and it all exists in one world, the New York City Metropolitan Authority!
23 subway lines. 23 stories. And, like the MTA, all the stories are connected.
Enter New York City’s subway system like never before and encounter mystical creatures, cosmic adventures, and a variety of social realities.
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SAMPLE CHAPTER: Did you know that there’s only one species of rat in the NYC subway, but it goes by three names: Norwegian rat, lab rat, and sewer rat. In Rat Pack, the shortest story, but a readers’ favorite, meet Ivar, Berns, and Tweaks, three anthropomorphic rats who have different chosen identities. Click here to read Rat Pack!
LAST STOP ON THE Z TRAIN is a collective project.
Jason Storbakken is an instructional designer, radical theologian, and storyteller. These 23 stories were first told to his children as they rode the subway.
Pairoj Pichetmetakul is a Buddhist monk-turned-street artist. His work aims to shift public perception and cultivate compassion. One of his current projects consists of riding every subway car on the MTA, from the 1 train to the Z train, and painting the images and visions he sees.
Special thanks to Allie Wilkinson who contributed the ink drawing, “Abuela.” Allie, a native New Yorker, uses ink and sprayed water as her medium. And additional credit goes to Chloe Storbakken who first told the story, “I’m not staring, I’m smelling.”