There is a meme going around today about Beach Reads. I've skimmed a few of the posts, and as I suspected, most people are focusing on lighter reads - quick paced, shorter, engaging but easy to pop in and out of.
I guess I feel differently. When I make it to the beach, I have more time to read than ever before. Hours at a time, when I'm lucky. The waves and the wind and a book. Why wouldn't I use that opportunity to read something hefty; something that made me think?
A few years ago, I brought Gravity's Rainbow along with me on a cruise. It is pictured here on a somewhat sandy towel and drying flippers from snorkeling. I picked this book to read during swimming breaks, and because of that I'll always remember Pynchon being in that atmosphere (until I read it again.)
There have been a few bloggers talking about a "bikini body" lately, at least in the world of blogs I follow. Their posts are along the lines of, "Want a bikini body? Put a bikini ON YOUR BODY." The fearless blogger that drives the point home best (illustrated) is the Militant Baker in her post "How to Get a Sexy Swimsuit Body in Under 5 Minutes!"
This summer, my main read is Infinite Jest. If I go to the beach, it will become my beach read. It has also been my dentist read, my coffee shop read, my nail-drying read. As I mentioned before, I am reading it inside of a vibrant community of readers all summer long.
Okay, if it makes you feel better, I'll give it a bikini.
There you go! Now David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest is ready to be a beach read. Pick up a copy for your vacation today!