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Top 5 Books: Required Reading for Ravenclaw House

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“Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw,
If you’ve a ready mind,
Where those of wit and learning,
Will always find their kind.”

Though I am admittedly a Slytherin, Ravenclaw has always been my favorite house. The colors are blue and bronze, their common room is at the top of a tall spiral staircase and, well, they’re smart! Not just smart. Also witty, wise, motivated and eccentric.

Hm. I’m not sure what the difference is between being ambitious (a Slytherin trait) and being motivated. And the line between witty and cunning is pretty thin too. Furthermore, how does one become wise without exhibiting bravery or loyalty? I know I’m splitting hairs. But I’m just saying: these house distinctions leave something to be desired. But, ya know, I guess that’s why so many people could belong in multiple houses (Harry chose Gryffindor over Slytherin, the Sorting Hat agonized over Hermoine’s placement).

Anyway, with no further ado: 5 books every Ravenclaw should read (or at least add to her already massive TBR list). Plus an Honorable Mention from Morgan at the bottom! Continue reading

Podcast Episode 011: Mean Girls

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Mean Girls, written by Tina Fey and starring Rachel McAdams and Lindsay Lohan, came out when we were sophomores in high school. We fell in love with the movie immediately and have been obsessed ever since. Please join us for a deep and shady conversation that includes:

  • mean girls who change (and those who don’t)
  • peaking in MIDDLE SCHOOL (!!?)
  • Top 5 Favorite Quotes
  • “slutty” Halloween costumes, sex-ed and burn books
  • the lunchroom table we sat at and what it means about us
  • the tragic villainy of adult mean girls
  • Top 10 Mean Girls in Movies and TV (including discussion of Carrie, Cruel Intentions and The Craft)
  • Heathers versus Boogers in RuPaul’s Drag Race
  • Cast projects since Mean Girls (where are they now?)
  • 30 Rock versus Parks and Recreation
  • “2nd Opinions”, “Which One” and more!

FOLLOW:

@Morgandalf

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On Facebook (Beauty and the Bitch)

PLUGS:

Watch Boys in the Band!

And then watch About Time!

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Beauty and the Bitch:

Channeling both beauty and bitchiness, Mic and Morgan take their dear listeners on a journey through all things pop culture, close-up and under the microscope. Our specialties lie in all things Fantasy, but we will explore our opinions on TV, Film, Books and more!

Listen in and follow at http://bandbcast.libsyn.com/podcast

 

Top 5 Books: Required Reading for Gryffindor House

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“You might belong in Gryffindor,

Where dwell the brave at heart,

Their daring, nerve, and chivalry

Set Gryffindors apart.”

Those of us who identify as Gryffindor might be accused of being a bit narcissistic, what with our heritage lying in the hands of such heroes as Albus Dumbledore, Minerva McGonagall, Hermione Granger, and Mr. Harry Potter himself- but we’re actually quire humble.

OKAY NO WE’RE NOT.  However,  in our defense, this must be how fans of sports teams feel- like they are the absolute greatest, and all other teams pale in comparison.  Right?  Whatever.  I’m done making excuses for who we are.  Instead I will tell you that we Gryffindors not only identify with bravery and adventure, but we are especially apt to loyalty and friendship.  When we add you to our Tribe, you stay there for life.  We’re ‘lifers’, we Gryffindors; Ride or Die.  If you are so inclined, we welcome you into our Group- we open our arms and our hearts and our minds, and we learn from you, and live by you, and bleed Gold and Scarlet, screaming until the end.  We do, also, however, get ourselves into trouble from time to time.  Our inclination to lead with our hearts can get our mouths into trouble; This is why (thankfully) another strength we have is balance.  We have a way of finding those who balance us: the Yin to our Yang.  In the spirit of Balance, and Bravery, and Seeking more, my required reading lists for all Gryffindors is as follows: Continue reading

Top 5 Books: Required Reading for Slytherin House

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“Or perhaps in Slytherin,
You’ll make your real friends,
Those cunning folk use any means,
To achieve their ends.”

Slytherins tend to be ambitious, shrewd and cunning. We make strong, achievement-oriented leaders with highly developed senses of self-preservation. According to Albus Dumbledore, the qualities which Salazar Slytherin valued in the students he chose included cleverness, resourcefulness, determination, and “a certain disregard for the rules.”

So we’re epic rebels and will be very helpful during the zombie apocalypse. We are not, however, all evil (see: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child). We are also much better-looking than the movies give us credit for. Whatever. Read my TBR list for Slytherins below (as well as Morgan’s honorable mention) and let us know what you think!

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Podcast Episode 010: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

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Join us for a passionate (and, by the end, drunken) exploration of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone! Check out the RSS feed HERE.

Y’all, we have a lot of feelings about this book. Download the episode and learn more about:

  • Professor Wobbley-cock
  • Betsey Johnson’s Hotline Floral Phone Cross-Body Bag
  • Airline manners
  • H.P. books vs. movies
  • Scholastic Book Fairs
  • Rowling’s ascension to fame, glory and wealth
  • The very real abuse Harry lived through at Privet Drive
  • Hermione, who is obviously an angel sent from heaven
  • The beauty of Tom Felton and Matthew Lewis
  • Daniel Radcliffe’s naked loins
  • J.K. Rowling’s weakness (shoes!) and other arcane author knowledge
  • The top 10 magical objects in the first book
  • how Harry Potter peaked in high school
  • 2nd opinions (wait, there are people who don’t like Harry Potter?!)

And then join us for a robust game corner! Please let us know what you think and thanks for listening!

FOLLOW:

@Morgandalf

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PLUGS:

Go to Harry Potter Camp!

Listen to Harry Potter and the Sacred Text!

Watch Hidden Figures!

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Beauty and the Bitch:

Channeling both beauty and bitchiness, Mic and Morgan take their dear listeners on a journey through all things pop culture, close-up and under the microscope. Our specialties lie in all things Fantasy, but we will explore our opinions on TV, Film, Books and more!
Read more at http://bandbcast.libsyn.com/podcast#pvkBM4QlKBHC6Vhx.99

Fandoms I’ve Abandoned

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Before I get thigh-deep in this Top 5 Wednesday, I want to note that I still like most of these things. I just don’t love them the way I used to. I’m still a fan, I’m just not a passionate member of the fandom. Does that make sense? Well, whatever. Onward!

5. The Nightmare Before Christmas

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This movie is the whole reason I wrote the caveat at the top of this post; I still love it. Jack and Sally’s love still makes me cry. And I still think the stop-motion animation is stunning and impressive. But when I was in high school I listened to the soundtrack pretty much every day. I hummed Oogie Boogie’s song while getting ready for school or peeing at a public urinal. I owned essentially the entirety of the Nightmare Before Christmas swag sold at Hot Topic. I spent hours planning out a stage version (and hours more sketching the costumes and planning the stage magic).

But since then,  I’ve gotten a little burnt out on Tim Burton’s style. His point of view, which at one point felt so fresh and new, has had an effect on the society around it. Antiheroes, dark and creepy imagery and re-imagined twists on traditional fairy and folk tales are all super common today. But Burton’s art direction didn’t evolve after it catalyzed, which means that his work now feels stale. I mean, did you see Alice in Wonderland or Corpse Bride? Meh.

 

4. The Rocky Horror Picture Show

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My very first viewing of RHPS was interrupted only thirty minutes in: my mom came home. Horrified, she shut off the VCR. Granted, I was only ten. But that thirty minutes was enough to open my eyes to the beautiful freaks all around me and make me part of this fandom for years. RHPS has never been about sexuality, as such, for me. It is about difference, odd beauty, and weird obsession. And I love it for that. Plus, obviously, there are queer characters. And memorable performances. Well, actually…everything about this movie is perfect for me.

But I’m not in the fandom anymore because I made the mistake of attending a midnight viewing in college. The local movie theater that was putting it on did it once a month, I think, and it was a big event for a certain subset of students at my school (theater kids, gender rebels, weirdos: my people). I got in drag and took a few shots of very cheap gin with my friends, excited to finally experience the freedom and weirdness that the movie promised me exists all around me in the world.

But, even before the movie started, I started to feel uncomfortable. The men who worked the theatre (they were all men, at least that night) were handsy, beardy and douchey. They weren’t frat boy douches. They were mouth-breathing, World of Warcraft douches. They ignored me (even though I looked amazing!!?) but were gross with all my female friends. When they brought everyone up for the virgin hazing right before the move began, they had the boys “do a funny dance” that lasted two seconds, while the girls all went through a long sexualized ritual involving balloons and spanking and lipstick drawing.

I guess what I’m saying is that the midnight viewing I attended took all the queer freedom out of the fandom and replaced it with gross sexually-frustrated boy-ness. Which is all well and good, but if those guys can so easily and naturally co-opt Rocky Horror Picture Show, I’d just as soon watch it at home and pretend they’re not part of the fandom at all.

 

3. Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers

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Do you know why I’m no longer in the Power Rangers fandom?

Because this:

They believed he couldn’t be a superhero because he is gay.

They called him a fag. Even more humiliating, they pulled his costars into private meetings to question them about his sexuality. After he left the show (mid-season), he attempted gay conversion therapy, which of course did not work. The failed conversion therapy led to a nervous breakdown and five weeks in a mental institution.This makes me so sad and leaves the worst of bad tastes in my mouth. I refuse to support this franchise in any way, even though I know it’s possible that the creatives have evolved since then.

I spent untold hours playing Power Rangers as a kid. I usually pretended to be the Red Ranger. I was so naive and sweet then. I didn’t realize that someone like me wouldn’t be accepted as a Power Ranger, or as a superhero, or even as an actor on the set.

 

2. Pokemon

I used to tell friends I was busy after elementary school so I could run home and watch Pokemon. Well, I guess some things never change – I’m still a misanthropic loser nerd.

But I cannot handle 802 separate Pokemon. I mean really. There was a time when I (and all my friends) could sing the Pokerap apropos of nothing. Trying to sing the equivalent today is a recipe for madness.

Also, this asshole exists now:

Y’all: I’m done.

 

1. Ayn Rand/Objectivism 

Okay. Okay. Okay. Don’t judge me. Riddle me this, first: how many of Ayn Rand’s books have you read? I’m not getting defensive. I’m just really asking. Because I’ve noticed that most the people who convulsively roll their eyes at Ayn Rand haven’t actually finished any of her books.

Not that I’ve read them all! I enjoy her fiction (Atlas Shrugged, The Fountainhead, Anthem, We the Living, in that order). But her works of philosophy are too dense for me. I will say that her biographical works and collected letters/etc., are pretty fascinating because Rand straddled Russia and America, philosopher and cult leader, future and past, free-thinker and social conservative.

Anyway, I used to really buy into Rand’s ideas. I’ve seen the weak, simply by force of numbers, destroy the strong, talented and brilliant. I know it’s possible and I believe it’s evil, so one of the main tenets of Rand’s Objectivism rings very true. Plus, Rand consistently penned productive and creative genius-heroes who shoulder almost unimaginable responsibility and battle with crystalline resolve the cumulative disapproval of society. I find each of them extremely inspiring.

Ooooh and the villains are SO villainous and icky and horrible. If you know who Ellsworth Toohey is, you know what I’m talking about. YUCK ICK.

But yeah, I always skip the long speeches and diatribes too. And no, I don’t believe that charity is evil (though, to be fair, Rand didn’t believe that either and her characters are actually hugely charitable…ask me why!). And no, I’m not socially conservative (Rand was really homophobic, which is something I just have to accept and forgive). I’ve realized since first joining her fandom that her portraits of good and evil are too neat and that her philosophy is seductive but overreaching. Sometimes her works border on propaganda. They enchant you.

So yeah: I’m not in the fandom anymore. But I still reread Ayn Rand’s books every few years. Eddie Willers, Dagny Taggart, John Galt and Howard Roark people my imagination. I wanted to be Domonique Francon when I was 19. And I’ve had a sex dream about Francisco d’Anconia. But who hasn’t!?

-Mic

By the way:
T5W (Top 5 Wednesday) is a weekly book meme created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes. You find out more about T5W and the weekly topics on the Goodreads group here.

Top 5 Favorite Minor Characters

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This week’s Top 5 Wednesday is pretty tricky. First of all, the difference between a book’s minor and side characters is debatable. The prompt uses examples from Harry Potter to clarify (Ron and Hermione are side characters, Lavender Brown and Cho Chang are minor characters), but where would you classify Ginny? Or Luna? Or Professor McGonagall? And that’s just in the Harry Potter universe. Most narratives are considerably shorter with less clearly defined character roles.

But, being the extremely courageous book blogger that I am, I squared my shoulders and made some executive decisions. I think I’ve found some good ones!

 

5. Old Bailey, Neverwhere

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“Information, then? Roof-maps? History? Secret and mysterious knowledge? If I don’t knows it, it’s probbly better forgot. That’s what I says.”

This is a solid choice – Old Bailey is only in a few scenes of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere but he made a big impression on me (I keep trying, without success, to fit him into my novel). Old Bailey is one of the first people Richard Mayhew, the protagonist, interacts with once the fantasy components of the story really get moving. Old Bailey is a transient elderly inhabitant of London Underground who primarily avoids normies by living on the roofscape above the metropolis and talking to his birds (also killing and roasting said birds). He’s not a particularly powerful person, but he’s in the know. That’s why his pores are so big – they’re full of secrets.

Old Bailey reminds me of two other pigeon-loving softies from movies and TV: Tom O’Bedlam from The Invisibles by Grant Morrison (my favorite comic) and The Pigeon Lady, played by Brenda Fricker, in Home Alone II. You might not know Tom O’Bedlam , but I bet you remember The Pigeon Lady!

Old Bailey is a similar kind of character: an urban hermit, full of secrets, with a soft touch and a kind heart. One of my favorite tropes and definitely one of my favorite minor characters.

 

4. Tasslehoff Burrfoot, Dragonlance Chronicles

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“Was it something I said? Whatever it was, I didn’t mean it. I haven’t meant anything I’ve said for years. Except what I just said. I think.”

Tas is the little one. Okay: where to begin? The Dragonlance series is horrifyingly massive. It’s the Doctor Who of fantasy novels. The first was published in 1984 and 125+ have followed since. Along the way, various authors have left their mark on the world of Krynn (some with a fair amount of skill, some…not).

Tas is one of the characters in the original trilogy. And initially he is relatively minor (think: Merry in Fellowship of the Ring). Later on, he gets to be the protagonist himself in a few books. But I mean c’mon: 125+ books. Everybody gets their fifteen minutes eventually.

Tas is a tiny, adventurous Kender who looks like a twelve-year-old and does not feel fear. Literally: it’s a racial trait of Kender. They are physically unable to feel fear, as well as gifted with an extraordinary sense of wonder and curiosity. At his worst, this makes him Jar Jar Binks-ish (stupid choices, tactlessness). But he’s only rarely at his worst. And at his best, Tas is a smart-mouthed, loyal and funny kleptomaniac with a penchant for making powerful friends and time-traveling. Yep. Time traveling!

You guys I fell down a black hole on the Dragonlance Wikipedia page just now. If you want to know more about Tas, Kender, Krynn or the Dungeons and Dragons campaign that the whole series is based upon (who knew?), feel free to click that demon link and lose an hour of your life. Tas would approve.

 

3. Verin Mathwin of the Brown Ajah, The Wheel of Time

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“Verin merely sipped her tea and watched; Verin’s eyes could be most disconcerting.”

Verin Mathwin is short and plump with dark eyes and an ageless face. She’s a witch. More precisely, she’s a member of the Brown Ajah, which means she’s devoted to knowledge and to the collection of ancient wisdom. Essentially she’s a magical librarian slash archaeologist who, comparatively, blends into the crowd of Aes Sedai witches.

At first.

The thing about the Brown Ajah is that they are notorious for being vague and distracted, bookish and eccentric. It is exactly this reputation that allows Verin to dissemble, to fade into the background and to be underestimated, even by those who know her well. In an attempt not to ruin my favorite twist in the entire series, I’m not going to tell you how Verin’s story ends.

But I will tell you that it’s a really, really good ending that shocked many devoted readers of The Wheel of Time. And I’ll tell you that, in my opinion, Verin is the most epic and badass minor character in the entire series. If you’ve read them, you know that’s saying a lot!

 

2. Reepicheep, The Chronicles of Narnia

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“My own plans are made. While I can, I sail east in the Dawn Treader. When she fails me, I paddle east in my coracle. When she sinks, I shall swim east with my four paws. And when I can swim no longer, if I have not reached Aslan’s country, or shot over the edge of the world into some vast cataract, I shall sink with my nose to the sunrise.”

Reepicheep is the leader of the Talking Mice of Narnia. After being raised by dryads, he becomes one of Caspian’s most loyal knights and is one of the major insurrectionists in the Narnian Revolution, even though he stands only a little over knee high. Reepicheep almost died in that rebellion and in fact was only saved at the last minute by Lucy Pevensie (specifically her magic cordial) and by Aslan (who restored his tail, “the honour and glory of a mouse”).

Reepicheep is a courageous and skilled warrior, but the real reason I love him is because he’s also a hopeless romantic. He’s greatest dream comes true: he sets out alone to find Aslan’s country or fall off the edge of the world at the end of C.S. Lewis’s The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. It’s a bittersweet, heartbreaking, inspiring end for one of the best minor characters in the series.

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1.  The Cumaean Sibyl, The Aeneid

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“The night is near, Aeneas, and we waste our time with tears.”

The Cumaean Sibyl was a semi-mythical priestess of Apollo who regularly acted as the mouthpiece for the god’s prophecies from his oracle at Cumae, which was an ancient Greek colony near Naples. In Book VI of Roman writer Virgil’s famous epic The Aeneid, she prophecies Rome’s future and leads Aeneas through the underworld. Since her introduction in classical literature her portrait has been painted by both Raphael and Michelangelo (she’s the most prominent Sibyl in the Sistine Chapel Ceiling below).

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There are references to her scattered throughout Western literature. So she’s an awfully famous minor character. But, ya know, she’s been around for at least two millennia. She’s minor these days. I bet’cha that more people on earth are familiar with Kylie Jenner than with this tragically beautiful minor character.

Like most classical demigods, the Cumaean Sibyl has a dark backstory with many gruesome, symbolic details. Though given amazing, godlike powers of prophecy by Apollo, the sibyl does not love the sun god. In fact, they first met when she was young and she rejected his advances. She only assented once he promised to give her eternal life. It was only as the years went on and she grew older in the god’s service that she realized that he had gotten his revenge for her early rejection: eternal life, but not eternal youth.

The Sibyl of Cumae’s amazing strength and wisdom is engendered by years of hardship. As the priestess of Apollo, she must endure the “embrace” of Apollo with every prophetic trance. She cannot die, so she just gets older and older until finally she becomes a novelty worthy of the epigram of T.S. Eliot’s most famous poem, “The Wasteland”:

“Nam Sibyllam quidem Cumis ego ipse oculis meis vidi in ampulla pendere, et cum illi pueri dicerent: Σίβνλλα τί ϴέλεις; respondebat illa: άπο ϴανεΐν ϴέλω.

“I saw with my own eyes the Sibyl at Cumae hanging in a jar, and when the boys said to her: “Sibyl, what do you want?” she answered: “I want to die.”

After years of prophesying, her body has broken down to dust. And still she lives, withered to nothing, caught in a bell jar, speaking truths.

-Mic

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By the way:
T5W (Top 5 Wednesday) is a weekly book meme created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes. You find out more about T5W and the weekly topics on the Goodreads group here.

Top 5 Summer Reads

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The Top 5 Wednesday prompt this week is to list quintessential summer reads, not what I’m actually planning on reading over the next few months. Which is good, because I’ve covered the latter list already (check it out here).

To me, a quintessential summer read must be sexy, accessible, packed with vivid detail and easily transportable. It should make me feel proud and strong, though tragic glamour is always acceptable. Bonus if it has a certain sun-baked quality.

Summer is also a poetry time for me. Some Sandburg in a warm patch of sun. Add gin, tonic and Frank O’Hara to taste. Perfect summer day.

This is a TFW! For more info, please see below.

5. Generation X

Genderation X is polarizing book. People who hate it seem to really, really hate it. I get it though: the term “Generation X” was in the 90’s what “Millennials” is today. Frankly, I would not readily pick up a book called Mellennials, even if (especially if?) it offered engaging, scabs-and-all character-driven stories with strong infusions of fantasy and drunken, sun-blasted ferocity.

I guess some people felt similarly about Generation X.

But I love it. The characters feel real to me, ravenous and textured and familiar. Pompous, sure. I don’t think they always smell fantastic or anything (after all, they’re a bunch of twenty-somethings living loose in the California desert). But I recognize the blended flavors of squandered potential, mistrust of society and over-education.

Pairs well with coffee and cigarettes or rum and cokes.

4. The Paris Diary and The New York Diary

I first read these two  diaries on a cruise. They were the perfect counterpoint to fancy drinks, sitting by the pool and ogling beautiful men. Ned Rorem is a charming, intelligent gay man and his scattered writings about his life are glamorous, funny and poetic. The Paris Diary  is my favorite of the two. Shock to no one, it is set in Europe and contains a smorgasbord of cosmopolitan cocktail parties, pleasure travel, shameless name-dropping and deep, searching thought about the place of the artist in society.

Rorem is a composer, among other talents. I haven’t listened to any of his music, but I understand the rhythm of his life, I think. His diaries make me feel that anything is possible and that the world is full of interesting and beautiful people. Plus, he was quite, quite handsome when he wrote these words. Beautiful men are like celebrities: you don’t have to know them to have opinions about them.

Pairs extremely well with fruity drinks, champagne and cigarillos (though I don’t recommend all three at the same time).

3. Howl and Other Poems

First published in 1956, there are now over 900,000 copies of Allen Ginsberg’s poem “Howl” in print. Probably you’ve read this (maybe in high school English). But have you ever read it ragingly drunk? Have you “bared your brains to the heavens under the El”? Have you taken the poem downtown and read it while “angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection to the starry dynamo” park their bikes and pat their dogs around you?

For a poem that is over sixty years old, “Howl” still resonates deeply. The anger and the childlike naivete still touch me. And I hope that, at least once this summer, I get drunk enough to let loose a howl of my own. Sometimes you just gotta.

Pairs well with shots of anything.

2. All the King’s Men

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When you buy this, be sure to pick out an old, beat-up copy. Don’t bring a shiny new edition of All the King’s Men to Barton Springs unless you’re willing to endure the quiet contempt of the louche, thin, hipster boys. Oooohh quelle domage. I couldn’t live.

I first read this masterpiece while working as a summer groundskeeper at a golf course in rural Arkansas. To this day, that is the worst job I’ve ever had. I’d get up at 4:00 AM five days a week and work in the summer sun for eight hours. I was surrounded by conservative men all day long. I had to take out my piercings. I accidentally knocked down part of the fence while refueling the tractor.

However, there were some definite silver linings. I got very tan and very muscular. I slept soundly each night and learned how to do some very butch things. And, since it was so hot, I spent my lunch hour every day reading All the King’s Men instead of eating. I can’t imagine a more appropriate book to read throughout a sweaty Arkansas summer than Robert Penn Warren’s masterful tale of the rise and fall of Willie Stark, a charismatic Louisiana politician who begins his career as a genuine representative of the people and ends it as a murderous and corrupt demagogue.

I’m not normally one for books about power, politics and corruption. I read the New York Times every week, okay? I get my fill. But this book is much more than that. It’s a love letter to the rural South, to Southern families and to the waved hot-weather mirages that spring up above concrete roads. The whole book is saturated with heat and grit and Southern perspective.

Pairs beautifully with an Old-Fashioned or some spiked sweet tea.

1. The Catcher in the Rye

I’m certain I’m not the only person who finds himself returning to The Catcher in the Rye once summer rolls around. Most of the book is set in winter, of course, but there’s something about the youthful madness and honesty of Holden Caulfield that makes me want to reread this classic while lying in the grass. And you know what? Every time I reread it, I feel something new or laugh at something I’d missed before or find myself laying the book down to inspect how I feel about Holden’s (often ridiculous) opinions.

I  didn’t like the novel when I read it as a teenager. But the older I get, the more that I find it rings true. The world we live in allows, even necessitates, a certain amount of “phoniness.” We all wear masks. We all disassemble from time to time. But when you’re sunning pleasantly buzzed somewhere, you don’t have to fake anything. Especially if you’re half-naked and alone for the moment, you can luxuriate in the fantasy that you are exactly the kind of person Holden would have liked: aware, honest and willing to let other people live unmolested around you.  The real challenge, of course, is bringing that certainty off the lawn and into your adult dealings.

Pairs well with: self-reflection.

-Mic
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By the way:
T5W (Top 5 Wednesday) is a weekly book meme created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes. You find out more about T5W and the weekly topics on the Goodreads group here.