"Roman Candle" turns 20: Secrets of Elliott Smith's accidental masterpiece (slideshow)
Elliott and the friends with whom he recorded in middle school in Texas (photo courtesy of Dan Pickering)
For readers, summer often starts with grand ambition. This will be the year we really tackle Roberto Bolaño or David Foster Wallace; it will be the summer of nothing but lemonade and Alice Munro. Or perhaps we’ll educate ourselves by delving deep into accounts of the financial crisis or the war on terror. Then the days turn lazy and even the most sincere intentions wilt in the heat.
With September looming, we thought it would be a good time to check in with some of our favorite authors — and some of the writers you’re likely to be reading this fall — to see what they really read this summer. Click through the following slide show to see what they had to say.