I’ve always been a little skeptical of any person who says that he reads poetry. Unless said person has a PhD in liberal arts. Or is considering one. It’s the same skepticism that I have for any person who claims that he listens to classical music. Unless said person plays the French horn or the oboe, in which case I believe him. There’s a lot of social pressure to like poetry and classical music. Nobody wants to be the only one at the cocktail party who thinks-out-loud that Mozart is boring as hell. And the same goes with poetry. Liking poetry shows a certain level of refinement: Robert Frost? Love him. Walt Whitman? Modern Prophet. But in reality, nobody is buying poetry anymore unless it was written under the influence of cocaine and is accompanied by an electric guitar.
Brandon Stanton is an elegant storyteller. He is a photojournalist into the human spirit; a cultural observer and participator in the human condition.