Reading List: Summertime and the Reading Is Easy

“Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it.” – Russell Baker

1. “Why Summer Makes Us Lazy.” (Maria Konnikova, The New Yorker, July 2013)

Productivity in the summertime is a delicate equation. Everything, from temperature hikes to sunny skies to humidity, affects how much work we do and how happily we do it.

2. “Summer Job Diaries.” (Shannon Keating, The Rumpus, July 2014)

At a yacht club snackbar, our teenaged protagonist fries food and grows up.

3. “11 Literary Luminaries Ultimate Summer Reads.” (Jason Diamond, Flavorwire, May 2014)

Not all summer reads are meant for the beach. Sundry literati suggest graphic novels, short stories and William Faulkner for your summer reading list.

4. “Notes from a Bookshop: Late Summer, or Summer is a Kind of Island.” (Kelly McMasters, The Paris Review, August 2013)

McMasters muses upon her bookstore clientele, her current reads and the sentiment of summer.

5. “Top Ten Ways to Survive the Summer Without Air Conditioning.” (Rachel, Autostraddle, July 2014)

Summer means heat, and heat means misery. Fear not: Rachel is the Virgil to your sweaty Dante.

Photo: Will Ockenden