“I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer,” wrote Fitzgerald in The Great Gatsby. This summer we’re all feeling a bit of that sentiment, of life restarting after a long, long winter. Here we offer seven pieces to inspire days of reading by the sea, or on the sofa. It’s summertime—let’s lean into it.
It is a month of street accordions and sprinklers.
The Best American Essays 2015
The dunes, the ocean—all would be the same.
I enjoy being drunk. The sun is warmer.
We’re supposed to think that the rake ran off with the trowel.
This light especially loves children, farmers, lonely women.
A red sky and angels thick like palm trees.
2011 PEN/O. Henry Prize
They’d found her curled into a nest of leaves.