Hurricane Reading.

I'll be spending the next couple of days inside as Hurricane Sandy heads this way (I'm prepared with lots of food and a stash of cookies). For those of you who are also laying low - or for anyone, really, with a few minutes to spare - here are three great reads for a stormy day in:

1. This letter, from poet Ted Hughes to his son. I read this for the first time this summer and keep coming back to it. "...that's how we measure out our real respect for people—by the degree of feeling they can register, the voltage of life they can carry and tolerate—and enjoy."

2. "Something Bright, Then Holes," a beautiful poem by Maggie Green. (Thanks, Megan.)

3. A week in former New York Times food critic Sam Sifton's diet. (The entire series is great; this particular entry was just one of my recent favorites.)

Stay safe today, fellow East Coasters! 

Ted Hughes & Sylvia Plath photo via New York Review of BooksWarren J. Plath/Mortimer Rare Book Room, Smith College. Sam Sifton photo by Melissa Hom. 

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