One of the weirdest parts of life in the Sonoran Desert is that your seasons are turned around, so that the winter half of the year is when you enjoy the weather and the summer half is when you cower inside during the day, waiting for the fierce blowtorch in the sky to disappear and let you breathe again.
The continent-wide culture of modern America underlines this with national retail stores stocking up on what is considered seasonally appropriate clothing in places where summers are nice and winters are cold. This means that come October, when it’s time to pick up a new pair of sandals and shorts, there’s no way to get them, but hey, a heavy sweater just perfect for sitting in front of the fireplace after a hard morning of shoveling snow? Got you covered.
At this time of year, with the summer solstice coming closer and closer, the general vibe in advertising land is that you should want to purchase things for the backyard and books to read while lounging around in the hammock on a lazy afternoon.
Ah, the Idea of Summer.
Listening to: Stream from Secret Agent
Includes Hollywood Dead, Tales from the Loop, Things from the Flood, The Court of Broken Knives, and Port of Shadows.
Nic has a retinal tear and has his vision is saved by a laser.
Includes The Storm Before the Storm, White Trash, Calypso, Tell the Machine Goodnight, Prince of Fools, and Provenance.
The Internet tells Nic to install Ubiquiti gear in his house, so he does, and now he has thoughts.
What I wish I’d known when I started podcasting.
Nic starts a new podcast about—gasp!—American sports.
Mostly excellent non-fiction in this installment. Includes Fantasyland, The Miracle of Dunkirk, Das Reich, The Undoing Project, Waiting for the Punch, Vacationland and Points of Impact.