Free Reads on the NYC Subway
If you enjoy reading Electric Literature, join our mailing list! We’ll send you the best of EL each week, and you’ll be the first to know about upcoming submissions periods and virtual events.
Subway Reads offers up free literature timed to your commute.
The underground literary scene in New York City will now be a little easier to find. This weekend, the New York Transit Authority, in partnership with Penguin Random House, launched Subway Reads, a new program designed to promote Wi-Fi accessible MTA stations (175 and counting) and to liven up commuters’ rides with some good reading. Anyone with a phone or a tablet and a subway ride ahead of them can now download a short story or book excerpt timed to last the length of their commute (10-, 20-, or 30- minute reads). The (free) service is available for the next eight weeks via the Subway Reads site. And in case you were wondering, yes, as a matter of fact, we looked through the selections, and we have a few recommendations…
From the 10-minute reads
An journey of the mind: On the Move, Oliver Sacks
A raucous commute: Super Sad Love Story, Gary Shteyngart
Dystopian theatrics: Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel
From the 20-minute reads
The one everyone’s talking about: Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead
An NYC flâneur: Open City, Teju Cole
Tales of the Bowery: Up in the Old Hotel, Joseph Mitchell
From the 30-minute reads
A wizardly bildungsroman: The Magicians, Lev Grossman
The best of Brooklyn: Bright Lines, Tanwi Nandini Islam
Office revolt: The Assistants, Camille Perri
Don’t worry, if you can’t finish in the allotted time, you’ll keep the download to finish later. Sadly, we can’t do anything about the looming L train disaster.