Holiday Reading: Brexit, Sexit and Don Quixote
- Published: Wednesday, 20 July 2016 21:56
For holiday reading, newspapers are hard to beat. Photo: Mary Kemp Bruce
HOLIDAY READING 2016: newspapers and Don Quixote. I still love newspapers. I like everything about them, the way they smell, the way they crinkle when you fold them over at the bit you're reading, the way you don’t have to hang onto them but can drop them on a cafe table for the next customer to enjoy.
I read a lot of newspapers this holiday. There is no shortage of news at the moment, what with Brexit and the heightened possibility this creates of “Sexit” (this phrase coined in a ditty here). One afternoon, on a motor boat trip, the engine noise too loud for conversation, I crouched over the previous day’’s FT. It seemed as if wherever I sat a personal deluge of sea water sloshed over me, rather refreshing in the brilliant sunshine. I clutched the paper to my chest to protect it. My friends were amused to notice the inky headlines of the Big Read smudged onto my chest, cue some teasing about my “reverse Linda Lusardi” moment. (“Some women put their tits on page 3, but others...)