Saturday, July 14, 2012

Hot Reads, Cold Reads: Taking a Book’s Temperature

Hot Reads, Cold Reads: Taking a Book’s Temperature

John Steinbeck, warm. Steve Almond's Candyfreak, melted milk chocolate warm.

Grimm's Fairy Tales, cold. Ditto The Metamorphosis and anything by a Russian. Nabokov's Pale Fire case in point, how cold it is is right in the title for gosh's sakes. Some people find Austen cool as a wet washcloth on a fevered brow.


Zorba The Greek, dry heat. Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God, Florida swamp heat. Annie Dillard skates on thick Midwestern pond ice.

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