The slow approach of summer


Left: Joan Brown: Celeste #3; Right: Elizabeth Bishop: Cabin with Porthole. PC: NY Review of Books.

With reading week and finals on the horizon, we’re beginning to day dream about summer weather and road trips—and since we’re stuck on campus for now, we’ll settle for vicarious travel through the eyes of our favorite writers.

We recently discovered Vela, a magazine chock-full of gorgeous, compelling, thoughtful essays and travelogues written by women, and we can’t stop reading it.

As we start packing up our suitcases for the summer, it’s hard not to think of Joan Didion’s 1979 packing list from The While Album. Or the line,

Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek makes us want to go live in the woods—and reminds us of the beauty and wilderness hidden in familiar places.


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