noah | February 27, 2008 12:30 pm

Stephin Merritt reads fifth-grade fave Ethan Frome on his birthday every year, because “it expresses everything about how horrible New England is.” And hey, at only 99 pages, you can read its entire “if you want more out of your horrible existence, you’re pretty much screwed” tale and still have time for cake and ice cream! [SF Weekly]