A reader writes to The Paris Review for advice on books to read to get out of depression. Their answer is just marvelous: gentle, encouraging, understanding, filled with good recommendations, and supremely thoughtful. Naturally, my favorite line was:
To each his own, of course, but I also find cookbooks and food essays (particularly Laurie Colwin’s Home Cooking (and any early Elizabeth David) useful. They can also help stimulate a flagging appetite. There is a reason soldiers in the trenches of World War I turned to Jane Austen; order is supremely comforting!And speaking of Colwin's Home Cooking: Miss Hale is cooking through her books. First up: beef stew. (Three White Leopards)
Margaret Atwood makes a defense of serial fiction. (Time)
Robert Heinlein was awesome. (Letters of Note)
The (rather recent actually) arrival of fall in Washington means it's time to revisit Walker Percy's brilliant essay Bourbon, Neat. (Claremont)
Family's in town this week...not sure if you'll hear more from me.