Friday, February 8, 2013

The Snowmageddon 2013 Book List

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.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Strange that your recommendation is now Celan's Schneepart...