Dead tired as I’m writing this. All the adrenaline and appointments from the previous week, and excitement for the coming week, have really been doing a number on my sleeping habits. But I just want to give you guys a final, behind-the-scenes wrap up of what’s happened with the HONY book.
When I decided to make a book last year, nobody really wanted it. We pitched it to all the large publishers, but only two made offers. One publisher wanted to make an inexpensive paperback. And just one—St. Martin’s Press, a Macmillan imprint, believed in our vision of an artistic hardcover. All the other publishers said the same thing: “Photography books don’t sell.” And “This sounds like a regional book.”
And you know what? They were right. Photography books typically don’t put up big numbers. And Humans of New York does ‘sound’ like a regional book. But what they didn’t know was this— an amazing, international community of people had gathered around this blog. And week after week, you guys put up preorder numbers that were absolutely jaw dropping.
Just jaw dropping. The book goes on sale tomorrow. But you guys have already made it a success of the massive bestseller variety. Thank you for vindicating everything I’ve dreamed about. And it might be the lack of sleep, but I’m saying this with tears in my eyes, you guys have made every one of my dreams come true. And I can’t thank you enough.
Attached is the first photo I ever took of people. It was about four years ago, in Chicago. I remember how nervous I was to take the picture. And how excited I was when I got it. Who could have ever guessed where it would lead.
I struck up a conversation with him, and he casually mentioned that he was having trouble adjusting to Columbia, due to his “previous situation.” So I asked him to elaborate.
"I was born in Egypt," he said. "I worked on a farm until 3rd grade with no education. I came to the US for one year, started 4th grade, but was pulled out because my father couldn’t find work and returned to Egypt for a year. The first time I went to an actual school was middle school, but the whole school was in one classroom, and I was working as a delivery boy to help the family. It was illegal for me to be working that young, but I did. When I finally got into high school, my house burned down. We moved into a Red Cross Shelter, and the only way we could live there is if we all worked as volunteers. I got through high school by watching every single video on Khan Academy, and teaching myself everything that I had missed during the last nine years. Eventually I got into Queens College. I went there for two years and I just now transferred to Columbia on a scholarship provided by the New York Housing Association for people who live in the projects. It’s intimidating, because everyone else who goes to Columbia went to the best schools, and have had the best education their entire lives."
i am pretty sure that i love him. this is enough information for me to want to have all his babies and be a first wife. lol
Why is it so hard to find a single breasted trench coat online?
Loyiso Mkize is an artist based in Cape Town, South Africa. “creating visual art is a talent and gift i have enjoyed all my life. it has evolved into a tool that i use to express my views and ideas. I paint people and paint about people. our complex nature fascinates me and therefore compels me to expressively tell our story. My work is African and celebrates the beauty and wealth running in the veins of her people. its in the subjects eyes, lips, skin tone/texture, dress, hair, that i draw inspiration from. the experience and stories we carry with us are the corner stones from which we mold a new identity. it is the human spirit that i aim to share in my art.”
really thankful for the dudes in my life that give it to me straight, no chaser. i mean, i’m sensitive (don’t tell anyone) but i can still appreciate it all once i’ve sat with my thoughts. it be my multivitamin. the big horse pill kind tho.
Danny Brown - Smokin & Drinkin
This is one of the harder hitting songs off of Danny Brown’s new album Old. As you might have have guessed, this song is about smokin’ & drinkin’. Both Danny’s flow and the instrumental are extremely aggressive and eccentric in the best ways possible. This is the type of “get hyped” song that’s definitely meant to be enjoyed unsober with the volume and bass cranked way up. It also really helps if you learn the lyrics so you can mentally follow along with Danny’s nimble flow, since you inherently won’t catch every word he’s saying the first few listens. Back in April this year when I saw Danny Brown live and met my second most famous hater Kitty Pryde I really wish this song existed. His concert was one of the wildest shows I’ve ever been to, and the 250 strong crowd was essentially one big drugged/drunk bustling moshpit. Danny delivers more energy on the mic than a vast majority of today’s current hip-hop artists, and Smokin & Drinkin exemplifies this fact.
"My theory is low end. Might jump on a quest, put that money in motion. So bitch we smokin and drink, drinkin’ and smoke. My nigga got tats on her face, sell me those cookies from Oakland, but not the kind that you eat. Smoke on a swisher sweet, and we smoke blunt after blunt after blunt after blunt after blunt after blunt after blunt! Chah!"
My Song Rating: 9.4 out of 10
I will be having this in rotation..yrssireebob