From December 2004 until December 2007, The Alewife newspaper covered the neighborhood of North Cambridge, Mass. It was a wonderful community of businesses, writers and photographers. The paper is no longer printed, but this Web site continues both as an archive and as an ongoing blog dedicated, mostly, to this humble little corner of the universe.
Porter Square's Jonelle posted on her Web site themockup.com the perfect subway retort to the untoward and forward:
Anyway, here's my new tactic: I look the harasser apologetically in the eye and say, "Oh, I'm sorry. I don't speak English." In English. Any further advances are met with, "I'm so sorry -- I can't understand you. I'm not familiar with the English language. Do you speak Swedish?" You see, it's all about making them believe you're too crazy to bother with. Harasser, vanquished.