Time: What will you be reading this summer?
Shawn: Well, that's really not anybody's business, is it? It's very personal. It's too personal.
Time: Is there a book you find yourself rereading in summertime?
Shawn: Move on to the next question.
More on what writers are reading this summer.
What is it about "summer reading"? I don't read differently in the summer than I do any other time in the year. I read whatever I feel like reading at the time. This whole idea of sasonal reading eludes me.
Garry Kasparov, the chess champ, does make a good pick, though: Vladimir Sorokin's futurist nightmare The Day of the Oprichnik.
I got Sorokin's other books because of it. Essay forthcoming.