Which is to say: have you read this piece about summer, written by my friend Gemma? I’ve been feeling nostalgic about the idea of summer lately, thinking about the kinds of summers I want June to have as a kid, and what Gemma wrote made my chest tight.
I’ve also been thinking about another summer story, from The New York Times. I never managed to have a teenage summer romance, myself - probably because I never had a teenage romance, not in any season; boo hoo hoo - but in 1965, Joyce Wadler had a one, and it was great.
Speaking of memories, a really interesting piece (and useful tips!) about writing, memory, and how to hold onto ideas.
Similarly(-ish), on keeping a notebook in the digital age.
Once you’ve read all that, you might consider rewarding yourself with a watermelon, mint, and cider vinegar tonic. I’ve been sitting on that recipe for more than a month now, waiting for our local watermelon season. I will wait no more.
And speaking of drinks, I am thrilled (!) to announce, last but not least, that Brandon and I are writing a cocktail column over at Food52. It’s called Craft Cocktails, and every other week, we’ll be sharing a new recipe from Essex. I’ve long been an admirer of Food52, its smart recipes and good style and very good people, and we are totally, totally thrilled (!) to now play a small part in it. (Cheers, Kenzi!) Our first recipe went up yesterday afternoon, and it’s for a Campari Shandy, our unofficial Summer Drink of 2013.
Happy weekend, and bottoms up.