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Leaves of Grass Walt Whitman
Look, if it's good enough for Marilyn Monroe to read in bed, then it's good enough for all of us to read on the beach. Also, I'm sure I'm not blowing your mind exactly with this suggestion, but when was the last time you read Leaves of Grass? Because if it was high school or some required American Lit class in the first year of college, then it's really time to read it again. And summer is the best time for this because Whitman writes like this about the sun: “Give me the splendid, silent sun with all his beams full-dazzling.” And he writes this about love: "If you want me again look for me under your boot soles.” And he writes this about loss: “I am not to speak to you, I am to think of you when I sit alone or wake at night alone, I am to wait, I do not doubt I am to meet you again, I am to see to it that I do not lose you.” So lovely. Lose yourself in Leaves of Grass this summer. Do it for Marilyn.