|Boston Common and the Massachusetts State House, February 1932|
I asked some literary friends to help compile a list of snow-appropriate books. What do you read when the downy banks recline hip-deep upon simpering cars and isolate city walks?
- Harmonium by Wallace Stevens
Purely for that great cold-weather poem, “The Snow Man”.
- Selected Poems by Paul Celan
There's something deadly and claustrophobic about Celan's verse that seems to perfectly match that particular “Overlook Hotel” feeling.
- This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Nothing keeps you warm like a boozy, moody romp through Jazz age New York.
- Anna Karenina by Tolstoy
Frankly: Russia. Moscow, St. Petersburg, fuzzy hats, icy trains—is it ever not snowing there?
- Winter: Five Windows on the Season by Adam Gopnick
Quoth The Guardian review, “The idea of dreaming of a white Christmas may well take on a more apocalyptic cast in years to come.” Super, thanks guys.
- Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
You're not leaving home for two days: this might be the only possible way you'll actually read this doorstopper. If all else fails it makes an epic scotch coaster.