even cleveland: Summer reading
Today’s guest post comes fromÂ even*cleveland, the blog that containsÂ the most beautifully curated collection of everything that’s wonderful in the whole world.Â
Summer is the season of reading. All seasons have their bookish pleasures, but something special clings to summer, an addictive combination of obligation (the psychic residue of long-ago school assignments) and freedom (longer days that make it easier to believe that we get extra hours, not to mention the glittering promise of vacation). Each June, I like to imagine I have oceans and acres of time ahead, and I make impossible lists cataloguing all the books and magazines I plan to read and reread.
Supposing I could spend the summer sacked out in a hammock or propped in a beach chair in the protective shade of an umbrella with nothing to do but eat, read, swim and sleep (heaven), here’s (part of) my dream reading list:
Back issues ofÂ Lapham’s Quarterly
Sylvia Townsend Warner:Â Kingdoms of Elfin
Bernd Brunner:Â Moon: A Brief History
Richard Hamblyn:Â The Invention of Clouds
H.D.:Â Helen in Egypt
Pages From the Goncourt Journals
Peter Nichols:Â A Voyage for Madmen
Robert Graves:Â The White Goddess
I could go on, but I’ll stop before it gets utterly ridiculous. Happy summer reading.
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