Summer Daze Capsule

The sun is making a long, grand exit, lighting up the atmosphere in pink, orange, red fires. You can feel the sweat on your skin sticking to the concrete below you. The air feels heavy, lingering in the air, dispelled by only a slight, warm breeze that blows every few moments. You breathe it in as it rushes by. From the distance you can hear a booming, constant and arbitrary, from all directions around you. It sounds like the world has gone to war, like there will only be endless destruction tomorrow morning—and maybe there will be. There will be burn marks on the sidewalk and profanities written in chalk on driveways. But today is a joyous day for everyone to partake in. You look up to the sky and see it explode, stars that are almost close enough to touch, smoke billowing away into our already tattered atmosphere. Fireworks glimmer in the heat, light bursting for a moment and then dissipating, as if it never existed. This is summer daze.

This capsule contains:

  • The House of Impossible Beauties: A Novel by Joseph Cassara
  • The Ten Thousand Things by Maria Dermout
  • Sag Harbor by Colson Whitehead

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Infinite Capsule

“It's much easier to not know things sometimes. Things change and friends leave. And life doesn't stop for anybody. I wanted to laugh. Or maybe get mad. Or maybe shrug at how strange everybody was, especially me. I think the idea is that every person has to live for his or her own life and then make the choice to share it with other people. You can't just sit there and put everybody's lives ahead of yours and think that counts as love. You just can't. You have to do things. I'm going to do what I want to do. I'm going to be who I really am. And I'm going to figure out what that is. And we could all sit around and wonder and feel bad about each other and blame a lot of people for what they did or didn't do or what they didn't know. I don't know. I guess there could always be someone to blame. It's just different. Maybe it's good to put things in perspective, but sometimes, I think that the only perspective is to really be there. Because it's okay to feel things. I was really there. And that was enough to make me feel infinite. I feel infinite.” The Perks of Being a Wallflower, one of the books in this capsule.

This capsule contains:

  • Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  • The One-in-a-million Boy by Monica Wood
  • We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

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Serendipity Capsule

Summer is about chances. Opportunity. Whatever you want to call it. It’s a word that transcends normal boundaries, societal, geographical, international. It’s a universal feeling when the heat leads to creativity, when it leads to boredom and you rush out of the house, burning like the sun. When you stumble upon something great, something brings magic to this desert of a world you call reality.

Dance in the car with the windows down, the breeze rushing through your hair so furiously you can't see. Eat ice cream with no worries about how much spills on your shirt. Get a tattoo. Date a man who's different than the type you usually go for. Read a book. Quit your job. It's summer, baby.

This capsule contains:

  • Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun by Sarah Ladipo Manyika
  • Back Talk: Stories by Danielle Lazarin
  • Gods Without men by Hari Kunzru

Price: $45

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