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Humans of New York
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New York City, one story at a time.
New York City, one story at a time.

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"So many of my friends seem happy with who they are, but I'm just not there yet."
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"I can lift 15 kilos."
"How much do you think you'll be able to lift when you're grown up?"
"20 kilos."

(Jerusalem)
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I need to interrupt the regularly scheduled programming to announce that Little Humans is coming out in TWO WEEKS. I was going to wait until I got home to start banging that drum, but my agent emailed me that my publisher is "freaking out a bit" that I haven't mentioned it in so long. So allow me to announce that LITTLE HUMANS IS GOING TO BE THE GREATEST KIDS BOOK IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSE.

According to Publisher's Weekly, "the vivid collection underscores both the diversity and commonality among children, and may well inspire readers to imagine the lives and stories behind each child." Kirkus Reviews says the photographs are "so striking" and bring such "large delight," that you won't notice the text is a "little platitudinous." (Let's be honest-- we don't know what 'platitudinous' means, and neither do your kids. And anyone who uses that word is not getting invited to our birthday parties.)

But in 100% seriousness, I'm really looking forward to the next few weeks because me, my girlfriend, my dog, my mom, my friends, my editor, and everyone involved in Little Humans thinks that this book came out perfect. It was really a labor of love. So I'm looking forward to seeing if you, your girlfriend, your dog, your mom, your friends, your editor, and your kids love Little Humans as much as we do.

If you're planning on getting the book anyway, you can help my publisher get some sleep by preordering now. The book will ship on October 7th:

AMAZON: http://amzn.to/WPMamU
BARNES AND NOBLE: http://bit.ly/1eawvWE
INDIEBOUND: http://bit.ly/1zA0Sw6
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"What's your biggest goal in life?"
"To afford to live."

(Chi Linh, Vietnam)

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"It's tough to be a journalist in this country. I've been arrested four times. It's very difficult to get information. Government institutions are forbidden to talk to you. Ordinary people are extremely suspicious, because they think you might be security services. But it's very important work. People need to know where the oil money is going, who's benefiting from the contract, where the proceeds are being used. The ordinary person doesn't know, and has never before needed to know. For decades, people have been conditioned to the idea that only government officials can make decisions on their behalf. It will take some time for the country to learn individual responsibility. It will take time and education to teach ourselves. But I believe that education is like cleaning yourself. And I think if you come back in fifteen or twenty years, this will be a very different country. With education, the spirit of being hostile will vanish."

(Juba, South Sudan)
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He told me he wanted to be a "soccer star," but wouldn't say much else, probably because his teammates were hovering around him. But later on, when I asked the coach who the strongest player was, he pointed out this boy. "We made him captain," the coach explained, "Because he takes it the most seriously. If we lose, he won't talk for the rest of the day. He always shows up early to practice. If we're not around, he organizes the team and has them ready when we arrive. And if anyone loses their temper during the game, he'll reprimand them and tell them to just focus on winning."

(Juba, South Sudan)

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"Even if you punish her, she's singing two minutes later."

(Nairobi, Kenya)

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"She gives lots of kisses when she comes home from school."

(Nairobi, Kenya)

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She said she'd let me take her photo if I bought some peanuts from her. Afterward, I asked if she could remember the saddest moment of her life. She laughed, and said: "You're going to need to buy some more peanuts."

(Kasangulu, Democratic Republic of Congo)
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"I get way too sensitive when I get attached to someone. I can detect the slightest change in the tone of their voice, and suddenly I'm spending all day trying to figure out what I did wrong." (Amman, Jordan)

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