Describe your ideal taxicab.
¶It would be a Checker driven by a sane person. Driven not slowly, but sedately. You would be allowed to smoke, which you used to be able to do, in cabs. It wouldn’t have that TV or whatever it is that you always have to keep pressing to shut it off. It would be luxurious, I mean, relative to other forms of transportation. I don’t mean, like, Michael-Bloomberg-travels-in-a-private-jet, but when I was young, it was a luxury to take a cab. If you would see a friend of yours in a cab, you would think, like, “What, you strike oil?” It was a small luxury, and it hasn’t been for a long time.
Nothing Gets Between Fran Lebowitz and Her Checker - NYTimes.com via those great folks at The Awl