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Girls in Trucks by Katie Crouch. Image by UNYPL.
The daily commute can indeed be dull, so it’s no wonder why many of us pop in earbuds, immerse ourselves in digital doodads, and muddle through it every day. But, there’s nothing quite like escaping into a real, live book. By reading, your brain can travel to a new and unfamiliar place while your body travels that oh-so-familiar route from point A to point B.
The Underground New York Public Library is an ever-growing collection of images, all depicting commuters reading while riding the New York City subways. Street photographer/storyteller Ourit Ben-Haim is the keeper of this collection, and she’s been capturing this vast, eclectic city’s equally eclectic literary tastes since 2008. Her photos tell stories about people reading stories. Each post includes a direct link to the product page of the title shown, so you’re encouraged to learn more about the book and purchase it, too.
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. Image by UNYPL.
Hebrew Bible. Image by UNYPL.
The Iliad by Homer. Image byUNYPL.
The Trial by Franz Kafka. Image by UNYPL.
Responsive Web Design by Ethan Marcotte. Image by UNYPL.
The UNYPL candidly affirms that reading books isn’t all that novel in these techie times — it’s still pretty normal! How do you pass the time traveling to and from work or school? Read any good books lately?
I would read on the bus except I’m too afraid of getting so immersed in the book that I miss my stop!
Unfortunately I get dizzy whenever I read in a car! D:
Hoping to live in NYC soon…..crossing my fingers! 😉
I can only imagine how many books I could read (and finally finish!) if we had a good public transit system here. Just one more thing to admire about good ol’ NYC.
Matched – by Ally Condie. It was surprisingly hard to put down. I started reading it at 7:00 last night, and finished at 2:00 this morning!
I was in NYC last week and I actually commented to a friend that it seemed like New Yorkers read more than other people. Everyone on the subway was reading and people filled the parks at the lunch hourâ€”each sneaking away for a few minutes into their stories. It was actually really great to see.
It is quite the norm in Japan to read while commuting on trains and subways. What isn’t is making converstion to a total stranger.
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