Free Reads on the NYC Subway
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.