How to Pick a Good Summer Read - The New Yorker
Loving the New Yorker’s advice on good summer reads, although I knew it was tongue in cheek because the author referred to a lobster broil, casting the sincerity of the entire piece in doubt.
Appropriate settings include weddings, engagement parties, trips abroad, East Coast boarding schools, clambakes, lobster broils, and other crustacean-centric eating parties, where even the anorexic characters can have fun. Inappropriate settings: rent-controlled apartments, Denny’s, highway underpasses.
I want to be able to understand the novel half-drunk on rosé.
And a few more helpful guidelines:
- Descriptions of clavicles in white linen dresses: YES.
- Cancer: NO.
- Sicily: YES.
- Reno, Nevada: NO.
- Joints passed among Wasps: YES.
- Meth smoked by weird uncles: NO.
- Dirty martinis: YES.
- A character named Dirty Martini: NO.
- A ranch in Montana:
- If it’s a second home, YES
- If it’s not, NO. NO. NO.
File under: funny because it’s kind of true. (I’m looking at you, Seating Arrangements. And is that a not-very-thinly-veiled dig at The Flamethrowers?)