In this video from the 2011 PEN World Voices Festival, Irvine Welsh describes love as being plagued by a series of dastardly oppressors: “The four D’s: Disenchantment, Divorce, Disease, and Death.” For more pearls of wisdom from Welsh, watch the entire “Cocktail Hour Reading” and stay tuned for more summer love stories from PEN.
“Summer is a season when people get hyper-social — with barbecues and neighborhood fairs, graduations and pool parties. In short, it’s an especially trying time for those of us who’d rather stay indoors and read a book. My early summer reading list, therefore, takes the form of a loner’s survival guide.” — from Maureen Corrigan’s summer reading guide for loners
“Undercover Readers” by Les Bryant 2009 (by lesbryant2)