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Reading On The NYC Subway

You know what I love about reading? You can read anywhere.

You don’t need electricity. You don’t need a DSL line. You don’t need a chair or a blanket or a cup of coffee.

All you need is a book and somewhere firm and steady to place your two feet. As long as you have that, you can read.

That’s why I LOVE the blog I’m posting about today (notice the all caps…that means I really LOVE it).

The Underground New York Public Library Blog is simple–it’s a photo blog, a visual library, of people reading on the New York City subways. How cool is this?

We need something like this in Nashville, although we don’t have a subway, and people sing more than they read.

Anyway, if you don’t love these photos, you don’t like reading. Here’s a few sample images, with permission granted from the Underground New York Public Library.

The Iliad

The Rum Diary

Rabbit, Run

Check out the rest of the many, many photos at the Underground New York Public Library. Awesome blog.

10 Comments Post a comment
  1. Fantastic- will check out their blog. Hope you’re a good singer too!


    July 23, 2012
  2. I think it’s great! I can get in at least a good 1.5 hours (and up to 3 if there are delays) of reading a day on the T here in Boston. It’s also great to see what everyone else is reading at the moment.


    July 23, 2012
    • Yep. In the middle of all that motion, I love to see someone sitting still reading a book.


      July 23, 2012
  3. I’m always amazed at how people can read a book standing up in the middle of a jam-packed underground train where there is so little space your nose is practically squashed in someone’s armpit. And yet the readers are glued to the book…..must be something you have to practice a lot


    July 23, 2012
  4. I don’t live in NYC but have spent enough time there on subways to know what they’re like. There are a lot of ways people tune out on the subway – lots of headphones, lots of chatting on phones, and lots of thousand yard stares. I’ve always loved seeing another reader on the subway. The funniest part is that most of us try to take very discrete peeks at what other people are reading šŸ™‚


    July 23, 2012
  5. Reblogged this on Womenoclock.


    July 24, 2012
  6. I’ve lived in NYC my whole life and have religiously read on the train for as long as I can remember. I made it through college and grad school by using my commute to read on the train, and now I grade papers on the train. I also have friends who have met literary agents (and boyfriends) because of what they were reading on the train. What a great post! I can totally relate.


    July 25, 2012
  7. that’s fantastic! I’ll definitely check that out. Thanks for sharing!


    July 26, 2012

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