I’m still a schoolgirl when it comes to summer’s end. I dread the fall. Pumpkins and football games make me anxious. Give me hot, humid weather, a little body odor, and a good book every time.
Speaking of good books, there’s still a few weeks to enjoy summer reading. On a friend’s recommendation, I’ve been reading everything by Barbara Trapido that I can find. (Temples of Delight is my favorite so far.) I can’t resist British humor and eccentric characters. Also been reading Elizabeth Bowen, another British writer. She’s as somber as Trapido is delightful, but oh, those sentences! I don’t cry reading too many books, but The House in Paris left me stunned and weepy.
On a lighter note, my summer song this year is “Pata Pata,” by Miriam Makeba. Link here for the best audio version, but be sure to watch this video of Makeba singing the song. Great set, great costumes, and Makeba’s stage presence is enchanting. I’m a Johnny-come-lately to “Pata Pata”–it was released in 1957–but it sounds current to me and I can’t stop dancing to it. Makeba, an anti-apartheid activist, breast cancer survivor (at age 18), wife of Stokey Carmichael, and international star, is long due for a bio-pic.
So what have you been reading this summer? And what’s your summer song?