“if all the cars in the united states were placed end to end,
it would probably be labor day weekend.”
image credit: national toy museum (record for world’s longest line of toy cars)
(not me, just someone who also loves summer reading, but probably does not nod off like i do)
“here is this delicious book and the whole day, both yours.”
the true pleasure or summer reading lies not so much in the novel itself, the writer hildegarde hawthorne explained in 1907, but the choice to devote oneself to it. summer reading as we now know it emerged in the u.s. in the. mid-1800s, buoyed by an emerging middle class and the birth of another cultural tradition: the summer vacation.
Art credit: Couch on the Porch, Cos Cob, Frederick Childe Hassam, 1914
“the first week of august hangs at the very top of summer, the top of the live-long year,
like the highest seat of a ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning.
the weeks that come before are only a climb from balmy spring,
and those that follow a drop to the chill of autumn,
but the first week of august is motionless, and hot.
it is curiously silent, too,
with blank white dawns and glaring noons,
and sunsets smeared with too much color.”
image credit: pinterest