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'Tanqueray' is out now, and our little purple book is getting a lot of love. Available wherever books are sold, or you can get a copy here:
“He calls me: ‘Don’t you want some great sex?’” “I said, ‘No.’ He’s aged horribly because he did a lot of cocaine.”…
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“I was the biggest dork in the world. I went to an egg-head Catholic high school. I attended the 1976 Star Trek convention with a Captain Kirk shirt and a fucking phaser. All I did was think, think, think. And since I was Catholic, I spent the rest of my time feeling guilty..."
(15/15) “I used to smoke sweet tips, because I thought they were feminine. But I’ve learned I like heavier cigars. I’ve learned a lot about myself these past few years. I was put in charge of hiring for our entire company. I’ve produced my own play. My bracelet is so full..."
(14/15) “Lucas volunteered to bring up all my stuff from the storage unit in Arkansas. He was supposed to arrive on a Monday, so the following Sunday I scheduled a final performance of ‘One Woman’s Journey To Love.’ I wanted it to be a night to remember: my show, my songs..."
(13/15) “The first thing I did when I got a real paycheck was hire a real estate broker. I told him that I only had one requirement. He said: ‘Not in New York. Not at your price point.’ But I told him: ‘I’m a praying woman.’ Sure enough he called the very next day..."
(12/15) “I was still in the shelter at Christmastime, so Garrison flew in from Arkansas to be with me. We ate a Christmas meal together. We went and looked at the windows on 5th Avenue. And right before he left to go home, Garrison gave me a small box, with a bracelet inside..."
(11/15) “I’d always head straight to the gym after my shift at Starbucks. Martin trained me for free the entire time I was in the shelter. He told me that he was going to turn me into a fighter. He was hard on me. He said I had more problems than a math book..."
(10/15) “My first night in the shelter I found a folding chair and sat with my back against the wall. I needed to feel something solid against my back. I didn’t know if there was going to be a bottom that I could hit, and bounce back up. Or if it was just going to be darkness..."
(9/15) “It was magic that night. I didn’t miss any lines, or any beats. I sang seventeen of my favorite love songs: ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow,’ Unforgettable,’ ‘Love Look What You’ve Done to Me.’ Toward the end of the show I sang ‘Dance With Me,’ by Orleans..."
(8/15) “I thought about what Lucas had said: ‘Let go of all the rules.’ And the very next week I started writing a one-woman show. I called it ‘One Woman’s Journey To Love,’ and it was nothing but love songs, with little pieces of my story in between. I managed to put..."
(7/15) “Every Sunday after my shift at Starbucks I’d eat at a place called Hill Country BBQ. It was the closest thing to Arkansas that I’d found in New York. They had sweet tea. And moist brisket. And live music every weekend. The band that performed on Sunday..."
(6/15) “In Brooklyn there was a church with a 300-voice world famous choir. It was mesmerizing to watch. In my old church you weren’t even allowed to raise your hands. But this choir moved, like a wind was blowing through it. I’d stand up front every Sunday..."
(5/15) “My entire life I’ve been good at following rules. But in New York I didn’t know any of the rules. One time a man touched me on the subway, and I froze. Ever since I was a child—I’ve had a fear of defending myself. When I got home, I asked Lucas: ‘What’s the rule..."
(4/15) “She was a female doctor from the Choctaw Indian Nation. And I could tell that she’d rescued before. She stepped out of the car, slid an arm around me, and found a hand. My husband tried to stop her. But she slammed the door and told her daughter to drive. They dropped..."
(3/15) “A month before we got married I was sitting with my husband in a gravel lot behind the old Hidden Valley Catfish Restaurant. He said: ‘Detra, you’re a strong woman. Do you plan on being a submissive wife?’ I told him that I certainly would try my best. And he said..."
(2/15) “When I was a little girl there were two records in our house that weren’t church music. One was a single of a kid named Jimmy singing ‘I saw Mommy kissing Santa Clause.’ And the other was Nat King Cole. We weren’t allowed to dance. So I’d put on Nat King Cole..."
(1/15) “I wasn’t the first preacher’s wife to run away. There had been three more. One met a man on the internet. Another went into a life of drinking; she posted pictures on Facebook. And the third was Mary Anne. One Sunday morning Mary Anne was singing..."
Tanqueray, coming July 12th. Preorder here:
(14/12) “In second period we got an announcement. I mean, we were right there. My school was three blocks away. I could see the tower on fire. But it’s like whatever, it’s a fire. They’re going to put it out. But then we started hearing about these other planes..."
(13/12) “I had a student once who I brought to a tournament at Emory University. She was the only Mexican-American girl competing. At the awards ceremony we watched as six white boys walked across the stage. She turned to me and said: ‘Do I even belong here?...'"
My brother, ecstatic that @humansofny has already raised him $96k for his org to help underprivileged kids get into speech and debate, The Brooklyn Debate League! Thanks for the song inspo @Lin_Manuel!!! DONATE HERE:…
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(12/12) “Sometimes after work DiCo will be like: ‘You wanna get a drink together?’ And that still feels weird, even though I’m 27. Because part of me will always see him as my superior. DiCo laughs at me. He says: ‘C’mon, you’re doing better than me now.’ But part of me is..."
(11/12) “My daughter Emily was born on February 2nd, 2013. Then three weeks later I started at Stonybrook. None of it was easy. Nicollete and I struggled. She had postpartum, and I had no idea how to be a father. I slipped so many times. I self-sabotaged. But DiCo has..."
(10/12) “The next morning I went to school. I was still drunk, but I found my way to the counselor’s office and picked up some college applications. By the end of the week I’d sent them all off, and one month later I got an acceptance letter from Stonybrook University..."
(9/12) “I felt like my life was over. I remember pacing around my apartment, screaming that I wasn’t ready to be a father. My teachers were trying. They’d be like: ‘Jonathan, you’re basically done. Just finish the year.’ But I didn’t see the point. I missed 90 days..."
(8/12) “DiCo brought in a new coach to smooth the transition. It was a black man. Maybe DiCo thought that would make things better, but it didn’t. DiCo kept trying to explain himself. He’d be like: ‘Let’s talk about it, Jonathan.’ But I gave him the cold shoulder..."
(7/12) “There were certain people in the building who weren’t happy about DiCo’s transition. They thought it was a distraction. When DiCo set up this after-school program for LGBT kids to come and talk, some people in the administration were like: ‘Hell no, not in the middle..."
(6/12) “I went running down the hall. I hadn’t even taken time to zip up my backpack, so my papers were flying everywhere. I ended up finding DiCo in the cafeteria, and I told him what the judge had said to me. He was excited at first. But then he asked to see my scorecards..."
(5/12) “On the bus to Harvard we were cutting ass. Maybe a couple of the seniors were stressed. But the rest of us were laughing and making clown faces. That’s one beautiful thing I’ve learned in life: if your expectations are low enough, you can be completely free..."
(4/12) “One night I was at a talent show in the Bronx. And somebody came up behind me and grabbed the back of my head. It was Koreh. It had been almost a year since I’d seen him, and he’d changed. His voice was deeper. I could feel the presence of the people he was with..."
(3/12) “We did notice certain changes as the year went on. Ms. DiCo’s voice got deeper and deeper. Her hair got shorter and shorter. But I didn’t think much of it. To be honest I wasn’t thinking much about Ms. DiCo at all. She was white, from Manhattan. She’d gone to Yale..."
(2/12) “I tried to stay friends with Koreh when he came out of prison, but he was full blown. He didn’t seem like a kid anymore. There weren’t as many jokes. It was always: ‘What’s the next move? What’s the next play?’ He started saying crazy stuff, like..."
(1/12) “There wasn’t no plan really. I’m walking down the street with my best friend Koreh, and we see this house. And Koreh’s like: ‘Yo. Let’s break in.’ And I’m a stupid eighth grader—so I agreed. We climbed in a window and started grabbing whatever we could. The police were.."
Our radio + podcast host @ChionWolf will be sharing a conversation with Humans of New York creator Brandon Stanton (@humansofny) at @CTForum on May 13th. Join us for an evening of incredible stories + photographs at @TheBushnell in Hartford!
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(4/4) “In the early days Kristen and I would write every single email together. We’d type them together, and hit send together-- normally late at night, over a glass of wine. Everything felt so important. All we had was this crazy idea. But we believed in it so hard..."
(3/4) “Both of us quit our jobs. It was nerve-wracking. I remember on the first day I wore a suit. We were meeting in a coffee shop, but I wore a suit. Because I wanted to feel like we were doing something real. There was a lot of vision boarding. And sticky notes..."
(2/4) “A few months after Eduardo’s case I went to a music festival. It wasn’t normally my kind of scene. It was on the Jersey Shore. There were a lot of glowsticks and temporary tattoos. But I was twenty-six. I had to do something on the weekends. Everyone in my group seemed..."
(1/4) “Eduardo was so nervous when he came into our office. He barely spoke English, so he told his story through an interpreter. He explained that his hometown in Colombia had been taken over by guerillas. He’d been beaten. His family was threatened. And he escaped to America.."
(13/13) “Right before Tripp went to prison I sat the kids down one-by-one. I told them that they were loved, and they were chosen. But they were conceived by a sperm donor. I thought it was going to be hard on them. But they were happy. The first thing they said was..."
(12/13) “John always makes fun of me. He says: ‘Mom, try a little humility. You can’t just put the letter ‘V’ on a billboard. And don’t put your initials on the license plate of the Porsche.’ But he doesn’t understand how real estate works. It’s good to have humility..."
Y’all, @humansofny posts beautiful, moving, heart-breaking, hilarious, or remarkable stories all the time. But the one he’s sharing today . . . Whew. Jump on his feed and read the thread. Or on Instagram or Facebook. Just read it.
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Are we all reading this Humans of New York story? I’m literally refreshing my Instagram waiting for the next post because this story is so compelling, heart-breaking, and ultimately life-affirming.
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(11/13) “One of the first things they teach you in real estate school is you’ll be surprised by the people who don’t give you business. But you’ll be even more surprised by the people who do. Only one of my friends would hire me. The rest thought that I had no clue..."
(10/13) “Everyone I’d looked up to: the best families, the best Christians. They abandoned me. On the first Sunday after Tripp went to prison, I brought all my kids to church. I just wanted to maintain a sense of normalcy. I was scheduled to do a reading that day..."
(9/13) “Tripp never came home after that night. He admitted to the prostitution, but he blamed it on a sex addiction. He checked himself into a rehab facility in Mississippi. It was during this time that the full truth came out. One of my daughters came to me, and told me..."
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