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The polar vortex is not the blizzard of 96

winter reading

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Snow drifts do strange things to people, aside from being life threatening. When you're in the dark, staring at a luminous seventeen plus inches in the parking lot beneath your window, an editor who doesn't become your editor will telephone to see if a story is still available for a publication going defunct. This request doesn't magically deliver food to your apartment, stop a castor hub from cracking on black ice, or give those involuntarily incarcerated something to preoccupy themselves with, so this is my extreme weather reading suggestions. Some of them have actually been read::

how do we trek through this?
how do we trek through this?
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1. Orhan Pamuk, Snow. We can all participate in the surreal fortune of the protagonist.

2. Henry James, The Turn of the Screw. The governess might be mad or not but she reads Amelia in the comfort of an estate.

3. Jenna Bayley-Burke, Compromising Positions. Prevents frostbite.

4. Boris Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago. We have experiences in common with those who brave the Russian tundra.

5. Guy de Maupassant, Collected Stories. An instruction manual on not becoming delusional in winter weather.

That should keep you until Groundhog Day!