It's Too Darn Hot

Oy. The mercury is supposed to break 100 today and tomorrow won't be much better. If you don't have air conditioning, you are more than welcome to spend time at the library while we are open. Furthermore the cooling center at 167 Holland Street will be open until 8:00 pm tonight. A few years ago during another heat wave The Onion had some tips for staying cool. I can't remember the entire list, but my two favorites were: "Seal all doors and windows, and flood your house with iced tea," and "The Yellow Face. It burns us. Stay in cave and guard my Precious." Today is also a good day to remind SPL blog readers about something I've linked to before on this blog: Mark Bittman's list of 101 dinners you can make with little or no cooking. You could also just remind yourself that it could be worse. One of the more interesting documentaries I've seen in the past few years is Sahara, in which Monty Python veteran Michael Palin travels through eight countries, rides a camel caravan part of the way, risks the local food, learns about skiing on sand dunes, and attends a reunion of British veterans of the World War II Africa campaign. If you're more in the mood for a fictional journey, you could journey through the sweltering heart of Africa with Katherine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart. Or if you genuinely want to learn about the real-life consequences of weather like this, check out Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago. According to forecasts, the weather will be considerably cooler on Sunday. In the meantime, take some consolation in the fact that Ella Fitzgerald knows exactly what we're going through:

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