We asked MIT Press staff to share which MIT Press books they’d bring to the beach. Here are their picks:
Aaaaw to Zzzzzd: The Words of Birds by John Bevis. It’s short and sweet.
The Filming of Modern Life: European Avant-Garde Film of the 1920s by Malcolm Turvey. A solidly written book on early European avant-garde (surrealist and other) films that explains their influence on the time and future, paving the way for and explaining modernization at the same time. As you would retreat into a movie on your DVD player in the dead of winter, it is nice to retreat into a book about movies at the height of summer.
Mens et Mania: The MIT Nobody Knows by Samuel Jay Keyser. It is hilarious! A fantastic read despite whether you care about MIT or higher ed or not. Couldn’t put it down….
John, MIT Press Bookstore, also suggests Mens et Mania
I just read Jay Keyser’s Mens et Mania: The MIT Nobody Knows on the beach in Miami. It was a great beach read, although I think my outbursts of laughter may have disturbed the snoozing sunbathers nearby.
Boston Review books won’t add much bulk to your beach bag and you can finish one in the time it takes to get a good tan!
If the beach were on Lake Victoria, I’d take Darwin’s Dreampond: Drama in Lake Victoria by Tijs Goldschmidt! Great combo of education and good storytelling.