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Scott Duke Kominers

Six Books Worth Reading This Summer

A study on breaking things, writing tips from a prose master and the original British detective mystery.

Remember the sunscreen.

Remember the sunscreen.

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Summer is now upon us — and if you’re like me, you’ve given up on ever getting to the end of “The Social Life of Numbers” and are looking for an alternative.

What to read? It depends on the situation: