10 Books You WILL Read This Summer

Posted: May 1, 2013 by Thought Catalog in Miscellaneous

Something we should all do

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Hopscotch by Julio Cortázar

The summer after college, I cold-emailed an indie small press asking if I could be a coffee-fetcher or something, and they were into that. Unfortunately, I bombed the phone interview — hard. The question was “what books do you like post-1959,” and I couldn’t think of any. I had just spent most of college reading older classics like stuff by Joyce and Woolf and plays by Henrik Ibsen and Luigi Pirandello.

They didn’t give me a job, but they did give me a reading list, and I dutifully went to several used bookstores and bought some of their recommendations. I got some good reading out of it — one of my favorites was Hopscotch by Julio Cortázar. An Argentine writer who lived most of his life in Paris, Cortázar is rightfully known for being a master of short stories, but he also wrote at least one…

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