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)
The sun hung high and hot in the sky and I could already feel my greasepaint and shoeshine beginning to melt and run, and everything was wet and sticky and dusty and loud and warm, and all around me were human bodies of every possible size and shape, all wearing costumes.