Marilyn Monroe reading. Photo by Eve Arnold

Marilyn Monroe reading. Photo by Eve Arnold

A case for leafing among the leaves


Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind.  -James Russell Lowell


As Spring takes root and the weather warms, we hope you’re starting to think about what books you’ll be reading. You know, actual books- the old-fashioned kind. The ones that don’t need you to plug anything in except your mind. It’s such a simple pleasure to sit outside on a park bench or café terrace, to feel the sun and crisp air on your skin, to tune out the hustle and bustle around you and dive in.

One of Seymour’s favorite ways to choose new titles to read is to sneak peeks at the covers of books that others are reading. It inevitably broadens our horizons and gets us reading something we otherwise wouldn’t have. That type of detective work is one of the great joys of life and we would like to help ensure that it never disappears. The only way to save books and their glorious covers from extinction is to read them. So please do. And be sure to hold them aloft and place them obtrusively on the bench or café table when you take a break so that other literary lookouts might espy them more easily.

We asked a few friends for a shortlist of books they were looking forward to reading this Spring.  We hope they inspire you to unplug and remind you of the joy you’ll find in leafing through a book. Lick your finger, turn those pages and spark your mind.


Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees: Conversations with Robert Irwin by Laurence Weschler

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Hardcore Zen by Brad Warne

A Working Theory of Love by Scott Hutchins

The World As I Found It by Bruce Duffy

A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson


If you go home with somebody, and they don’t have books, don’t fuck ’em!
– John Waters


If you’d like to share the books you are looking forward to reading, please add them to the comments sections below:


Published: March 26th, 2013

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