Hot enough for ya? We thought we’d share a few readings from the NYRB Classics summer commonplace book with you. And since today is Henry David Thoreau’s birthday, here’s a “Helpful Hint from Henry”:
Carried watermelons for drink. What more refreshing and convenient!
This richest wine in a convenient cask, and so easily kept
cool! No foreign wines could be so grateful. The first muskmelon
to-day. If you would cool a watermelon, do not put it in water,
which keeps the heat in, but cut it open and set it in a cellar or in
the shade. If you have carriage, carry these green bottles of wine.
From the Journal, August 12, 1853
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