BT 2013-Patton Oswalt's favorite tour guides including Speed:
"New York’s soul is wary and weary, too, but it disguises its spiritual exhaustion under a cheap mask of aggression and impatience. Which is why there’s no one better wired to lead us through it than Timothy “Speed” Levitch, in Bennett Miller’s superlative documentary The Cruise. I saw it in theaters three times, because I couldn’t get enough of Levitch’s living-Internet brain. He zips through Greenwich Village on the roof of a Gray Line Tour bus, pinging every literary, artistic, musical, and cinema connection that gets within 10 blocks of his roving eye.
Post-9/11, the Academy Awards did a tribute montage of New York. All the usual shots and dialogue samples. But there was one they didn’t use. I know why they didn’t use it, but it’s one of the most affirmative, hopeful, and hilarious assessments of what Manhattan was, is, and will be into the future.
It’s a shot with Timothy in mid-profile, shot from his right side. His tour bus is passing through midtown Manhattan, and he says this, while gazing out of the rear window:
“…You are sitting amongst the 20th-century invention. A city that grew up at an explosion, as an explosion, that is an explosion; an experiment, a system of test tubes gurgling, boiling, out of control. Of radioactive atoms swirling. Civilization has never looked like this before. This is ludicrousness and this cannot last.”
He then cuts his mic. There’s a period to his paragraph in the form of a raspy chhhh as the mike cuts out. He spins, counterclockwise to his left, and, after considering the city, which he now views moving toward him rather than disappearing behind him, says:
“The new Ann Taylor store on the right.”
It’s going to be okay. Thank you, Timothy."