"The Underground Railroad is bigger than its operators — it’s all of you, too. The small spurs, the big trunk lines.”
Then Colson Whitehead was a child, he thought the Underground Railroad was an actual train that ran underground. Funny how those childhood confusions stick around. Decades later, the author of “The Intuitionist” and a MacArthur Fellow returned to that childhood fantasy to tell a fable of life in hell.