Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Summer Reading Quick Hits

(Watch Hill, Rhode Island. One of my favorite places for summer reading.)

As I mentioned recently I was going to talk about summer books. Last Sunday the NY Times went ahead and put out there summer reading issues of its Book Review. This is just a brief attempt while I compose my masterpiece.

In an essay in this section Joe Queenan talks about reading the big ones in "Jumbo Lit" including one (Robert Musil's The Man Without Qualities) that has haunted my shelf unread for several years and taunting me to conquer it.

David Sedaris has a new book of essays coming out this week. This has to jump to the top 10 of any summer reading list. I remember going camping with some friends and taking turns reading some of his pieces by the fire and attempting not to choke on a Smore or snort beer out your nose. There is an excerpt from his collection When You Are Engulfed in Flames at the publisher's website here.

UPDATES: Added some more links to Music and Words.


Churlita said...

I would love to have time to read a 1,000 plus page novel, but then I'd have to give up all that time I spend playing video games and drinking beer. It's quite a conundrum.

Dexter said...

Just think of it as 5 shorter books. It would be easier to digest if it was broken up into separate parts like Proust's epic. (Although I have yet to finish more than the first part of that so I guess that doesn't help either.)