Woman on cell phone: Listen. It’s a fucking book club. We all read the same goddamn book, and then we discuss it. What don’t you get? Are you freakin’ stupid? This is supposed to be a nice goddamn thing we can do together!
Overheard by: homesick
Middle-aged guy to another: I don’t particularly like getting books as gifts, it makes me feel obligated to read them.
–96th Street Crosstown Bus
Guy handing out pamphlets: The passion of Sir Shizzle Manizzle! Come read the passion of sir Shizzle Manizzle! (no one takes the pamphlets)
–13th & Broadway
Overheard by: Fiammetta
20-something hipster, dismissively: Naw, they probably just wanna read books or something.
–Greenpoint Ave & Manhattan Ave