School's out and the holiday weekend is here; time to celebrate your independence! If you're like me, you've probably got a lot of hard-core idling planned for this weekend. It's easy to forget things amidst all those parades, picnics, and jockeying for the best fireworks-viewing position, so I'd like to remind you of your most important piece of holiday equipment: a good blanket read.
Choosing a blanket read can be a serious business. First, there's the space consideration. Paperbacks are best; not only are they physically lighter to carry, but they fit easily in a large pocket and the fine is minimal should you lose one. (Hey, if you're going to be indulging in a few of Dorothy Ng's cocktails, it could happen.) Then, there's the question of content. You need something light, quick, and engaging, but not SO engaging that you give yourself sunburn. (On second thought... perhaps you should just wear a hat and remember your sunblock.)