Reading is hot.
The folks over at The Huffington Post have uncovered a new chapter in the ever-evolving world of what people find attractive and, as you might expect, it's already registering on everyone's favorite cultural barometer: Instagram.
"Hot Dudes Reading" is a New York-based Instagram account that after just one week (and a HuffPo feature) has amassed a staggering 104,000 followers in just 10 days, including 10,000 tonight alone.
The account delivers exactly what it claims: pictures of guys reading books on the NYC subway. Can other rapid transit systems be far behind? Will there be a "Hot Girls Reading" account?
We can only guess where this trajectory of literary hotness will take us, but please read on and check out these eight hot dudes reading.
1. This J-Train Gent.
"Good morning, single bachelor. Nothing gives me more hope than a banker without a band. Almost has that dangerous Patrick Bateman vibe, but I can tell he's a nice guy on account of the black loafers and blue socks. He's probably listening to Taylor Swift in those headphones. #blankspace #hotdudesreading"
2. This Carhartt-wearing magazine man.
"This Elijah Wood look-a-like is all hunk, no hobbit. He probably weekends in the Berkshires with his golden retriever, hiking and chopping wood with those big hands. He could trek to Middle Earth and I'd still follow. #illtakethatring #hotdudesreading"
3. This F-Train Fictionistro.
"The book may be obscure but I'm sure this crisp cutie is reading it long before it becomes cool. He probably spent all night dancing at the best underground party in Bushwick, and he still looks flawless. Can't wait to see his record collection. #stacked #hotdudesreading"
3. Lena Dunham? Stop your gossiping!
"Check out this Brooklyn-bound boss' material. Maybe he's an aspiring actor/writer/producer/director/nudist looking for tips. Doesn't matter, I love a man getting in touch with his feminine side. When will he get in touch with mine? Just kidding. #notthatkindofgirl#hotdudesreading"
4. This bearded bibliophile.
"Dapper Dude Alert! Damn. Whatever prose he's reading cannot match the beauty of that full beard. He's like the hot English professor of my dreams, only with way better hair. #voluntarydetention #hotdudesreading- this ones for @lancebass"
5. This relaxed reader.
"Look at this Casual Casanova. He doesn't know it yet but that book is all about how personal interaction is essential to city life. If only he'd look up from those pages. I want that beanie on my bedroom floor.#TheDeathAndLifeOfGreatAmericanCities#hotdudesreading"
6. This well-coiffed commuter.
"Spotted this scruffy prince on his morning commute. Probably to sculpture class. I'm sure he's reading a collection of post-war Russian short stories, but really thinking of how he made love to his French girlfriend this morning and the gluten free toast they shared after. #marryme #hotdudesreading"
7. This studious straphanger.
"Ahoy handsome! Just caught a glimpse of this elusive beauty reading Moby Dick in the crowded waters of the L train. There may be other fish in the sea, but this white whale has me hooked. #reelmein#hotdudesreading"
8. This poised page-turner.
"Tall, dark and handsome with a thick beard AND a thick...book? This man must be straight out of the fiction section because he's too good to be true. If only he was patiently waiting for me instead of the E train. #YouKnowWhatTheySayAboutThickBooks #hotdudesreading"
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