15 Literary Humans of New York

There are few things I love to do more than scroll through Humans of New York while hunkered down in a cozy chair with a cup of tea in hand.

If you’re not one of the 11 million people following Humans of New York on Facebook, it started with one guy–Brandon–who wanted to create a visual collection of New York City’s inhabitants. He started with the goal of photographing 10,000 people, but eventually the goal changed from quantity to showcasing the stories and quotes from the people he met.

The posts on Humans of New York (HONY for short) alternately humble me, amaze me, and delight me. Overall, though, I love how they give me such a brief exquisite view into another person. And since books are another great entry point for knowing and understanding another person, there’s some great overlap with books and literary love in HONY posts.

Now, I had to venture through thousands of posts to find what I consider the best literary posts on Humans of New York. It took many cups of tea. I regret nothing.

(Also, I know the font is super tiny. Click on each photo to embiggen.)

This just punches me in the gut.

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I would read the heck out of that book.

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I love this reflection on Angelou. 

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D’aww.

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I seriously hope she has. 

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My inner literature major is so happy right now. 

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A book artist!

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This is even better when you see this.

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I think all of us have our room envisioned, but mine certainly isn’t built yet. His sounds exquisite. 

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So much cute. 

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The idea of this is so sad. 

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The most quintessential New Yorker!

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Knowledge IS sexy. (And I, for real, love that dress.)  

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Always be Batman. 

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ALWAYS be Batman. 

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What is your favorite literary HONY post? 

Edit: Goodness. And then this one came out YESTERDAY about how awesome libraries are, so you know, also head on over for another fantastic literary New Yorker.

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