Ah, summer. Forget the soaring temperatures and biting mosquitos. We remember the songs, the books, the people and the places so vividly. Just say the word, “summer,” and a catchy tune and a unifiying piece of pop culture spring to mind. Maybe the summer heat bakes these memories so firmly in place, or maybe it’s just that feeling of eternal vacation.
So, take a virtual jump to the left and then a step to the right. Let’s do…
The SummerTime Warp Again
For the next five weeks on the Algonquin blog, we’re paying tribute to the books, movies, television shows, and songs that made summer special — for those of us of a certain age. Follow along from 1976 through 1980, and share with us your summer “Blast from the Past” favorites — no matter what year it might, from 1900 to 2011. Tell us you were reading in your memorable summers. By commenting below, you’ll be entered to win your very own Pawley’s Island Rope Hammock. Now there’s a great way to swing into the heat of summer reading!
Movie: The Outlaw Josey Wales. Best line: “Dying ain’t much of a living, pal.”
The Books: Trinity by Leon Uris and The Deep by Peter Benchley. Uris proves that we all can’t get along, while Benchley gave us another reason not to get back into the water.
On the Radio: “Afternoon Delight” by The Starland Vocal Band. Written by John Denver, this song was so brilliant that the band got its own television show. Go figure.
On Television: The Bionic Woman starring Lindsay Wagner. While Steve Austin fights Bigfoot, Jamie Sommers rips phone books in half for a little r-e-s-p-e-c-t.
Share your favorite summer reads FROM ANY YEAR in the comments below — and be automatically entered for a chance to win a free Pawley’s Island Rope Hammock.
Tags: 1976, Afternoon Delight, Bionic Woman, Clint Eastwood, Lee Majors, Leon Uris, Outlaw Josie Wales, Pawley's Island Rope Hammock, Peter Benchley, Starland Vocal Band, summertime warp, The Deep, Trinity