August is the cruelest month.

August is the cruelest month.

August is the cruelest month.

Previously published Slate articles made new.
Aug. 19 2003 11:11 AM

The Cruelest Month

August, that most hellish of months, can't end soon enough. August is the dark space on the calendar when wars start, when sports disappear, when the summer heat chokes, when Elvis died. Two years ago, David Plotz made the case for abolishing August.