Monday, July 2, 2012
Underground New York Public Library
I'm obsessed with Underground New York Public Library. One of the things I miss most about living in New York is seeing what people are reading on the subway. It's fascinating to have people's interests so clearly on display. For some, a book acted as an invitation, a sign of like-mindedness or familiarity. I watched readers strike up conversations over the tops of people's heads - "How is that? I've been wanting to read it." "Did you read her first book?" "I had to read that for class." While reading Atlas Shrugged, I had no less than 4 men come up to men and ask me what I thought. "Say hi to Howard Roark for me," said one in a three-piece suit as he exited the car. "You never see people reading the classics anymore," said another, who was no older than me. Whether knowingly or not, the book you bring with you becomes a part of how you present yourself to the world.
All photographs by Ourit Ben-Haim for her project, Underground New York Public Library.
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