Save us from ourselves!
emily horne
Due to this great list of literary tumblrs from The Millions, I came across a wonderful essay on swimming and literature from The American Scholar. Check this out:

"Perhaps most touching is Laurie Colwin's "Wet," about a man who doesn't realize that his wife sneaks off every day for a secret, private hour that excludes him. The story ends: "What had grieved him was simply a fact: every day of her life she would be at some point damp, then drying, and for one solid time, wet.""

Whoa, am I right? Read it!
joey comeau

The We Are Become Pals book is here! You can buy it right now, for $16 in hardcover! It is a book that feels nice to read, and feels nice to hold in your hand. In hardcover it makes the perfect gift for your own best friend.

It's a hard book to describe, but this is the blurb we came up with:

We are Become Pals is the story of Jane and Helen, and of their friendship. As with all friendships, it is a story filled with cops, lockpicks, astronauts, secret codes, face punching and quiet moments where you realize that you aren't alone in the world.

The hardcover has all the original chapters (which you can still read online for free right here), and all new material that follows their friendship further into their lives, as they get old and crotchety and awesome together.