Your Next Stop--The Transit Zone!

06/27/2013 10:18 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

2013-06-27-index.jpgRemember Rod Serling's immortal words,

"You're traveling through another dimension -- a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That's a signpost up ahead: your next stop..."

-- the The Transit Zone! Planning on visiting the Taj Mahal, The Great Wall, The Terracotta Warriors, The Great Barrier Reef. You may have second thoughts after hearing about the pleasures of the transit zone of the Moscow Airport. Besides a T.G.I. Friday's and Burger King, you might can enjoy celebrity spotting like guess who? Our modern day Clark and Lois, Ed Snowden and his WikiLeaks sidekick Sarah Harrison ("A Stakeout Grinds On in Airport Limbo," NYT, 6/25/13) And then there are all the locked doors. Behind one of them is, you guessed it, Ed Snowden. The transit area of the Moscow airport is the place to go if you want to be free, at least according to Vladimir Putin, who has declared it the Cayman Islands for those who are seeking freedom from their political liens. There have been rumors that Ed Snowden and Sarah Harrison are actually rehearsing Chekhov's The Three Sisters behind one of those locked doors. You remember the line "to Moscow?" It was the fate of Chekhov's three sisters never to satisfy their dreams, but in the contemporary updating not getting there is a boon since it means our two feckless characters can remain in The Transit Zone!

{This was originally posted to The Screaming Pope, Francis Levy's blog of rants and reactions to contemporary politics, art and culture}