7 Books To Read While Basking In A Food Coma

November 26, 2014 1:18 PM

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7 Books To Read While Basking In A Food Coma

Franklin was a man of many talents, one of which was a talent for presenting himself as a man of many talents. He was a master of the humble brag, and his Autobiography (1791) is a monument to false modesty—the story of a poor boy who hustles his way up with hard work and an insatiable desire for self-improvement to a position of enormous power and prestige. His folksy, practical, unpretentious American was a brilliant literary invention, and one that still looms large in our public life. Every successful politician learns to impersonate it at some point.

Irving was the first American author to make a decent living. One day soon, when the Internet finally finishes killing the vocation of American authorship, we can date its birth from Irving’s career. He possessed great marketing prowess, and a nimble style that spanned many genres: humor and horror,...

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