how easy it can be to find your own quiet place

Q: Is the image based on something you saw? How did it come to you?

“More than being based on something I saw, I would say it comes from something I experience often. I was trying to capture the feeling of being immersed in a book to the exclusion of everything around you. I think my love for reading comes more from the need to connect with my inner reality than from the desire to escape the external one. Proust described it perfectly as “that fertile miracle of communication that takes effect in solitude.” …

My first time in New York was in 2010, when I spent three months there, during the winter. My most vivid memories are connected to that first stay. I remember big blue skies, ice-cold feet, hot black coffees, fresh bagels, and huge pizza slices.

The gif was animated by the talented Jose Lorenzo. I often collaborate with him—I love the way he brings my images to life. We didn’t want the image to be too frenetic. For me, it was important to maintain that feeling of peace and timelessness that happens when you’re reading. I also wanted to show how easy it can be to find your own quiet place in the city without having to go far out of your way.”

Anna Pariniin response a question from , on this week’s cover in The New Yorker, which shows a rare moment of calm amid the bustle of a new year.  Parini, who has contributed illustrations to the magazine since 2015, grew up in Milan but is now based in Barcelona. Mouly spoke to Parini about New York’s wintry charms and the process of creating an animated cover image.

(Source: Anna Parini’s “A New Leaf”, The New Yorker, January 7, 2019)


  1. this is wonderful. transported. find them wherever you may be.

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  2. The escape and ‘envelope of peacefulness and total immersion’’ that a good book invites never fail to thrill me. This image masterfully captures it all….

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  3. What a beautiful collaboration between Anna and Jose. Perfection. They know what they are doing.

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  4. Loved the gif that went with this post, David. The animation shows that finding your own quiet place amongst the frenetic hustle and bustle of the city is possible, even in New York. Enjoyed your post …

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  5. Let’s all make an effort to find that timeless place at least once a day.

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  6. I witnessed three (wow!) women on the train the other day. They were sitting next to each other, and all of them seemed immersed in their books. I admired them for their ability to find the serenity in the noisy and overcrowded train car. Thank you, David. Cher xo

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  7. Love the GIF….. fabulous. I very often find myself being the only person in a whole coach of the TGV (high speed train Paris to ….) and everybody else seems to be either watching films, working, sleeping or texting non-stop. I also find it wonderful to watch all those people through nearly fully closed eyes – they form a great background to the quick paced train ride.
    AND they now serve a really great Italian espresso on their little snack trollies, which makes a wonderful pause in the 4h+ ride….

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  8. Forgot or ‚killled off‘ the important word …. find myself the only person READING in the coach…..

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