"The thought of people reading in the sun, on a beach, tempts me to recommend dark books, written in the shadow of loneliness, despair, and death. Let these revelers feel a chill as they loll on their towels. Let Baudelaire’s ‘wing of madness’ pass over them like a scavenging seagull."
Anatole Broyard, from “Lending Books,” in A Passion for Books, ed. Harold Rabinowitz and Rob Kaplan (Three Rivers Press, 1999)