On my lunch hour today I passed a busy intersection where a man stood wearing a hard hat and a sandwich board proclaiming: ‘Thought Assault! Repeated exposure to an idea programs your brain.’ Which may be true. I do find, for example, that the idea of work becomes slightly less odious the longer I go between vacations. In order to preserve my raw dislike for it, then, I’m taking another week off and running away to the mountains. I’ll return August 24.