In this issue, we salute our summertime obsession. Eileen Loh Harrist spends an afternoon with Neil, who after 20 years of repair work refuses to touch another air conditioner. He tells us why fixing a friend's AC is even more aggravating than owning and operating the Saturn Bar. Bunny Matthews draws out the history of air conditioning, and Shala Carlson revisits Henry Miller's classic American travelogue The Air-Conditioned Nightmare. Finally, Constance Adler phones up a man who invented a method of bringing your air conditioner outdoors.
When you're done with these stories, you can fold up Gambit
Weekly and use it as a fan. Whatever you do, just keep your cool.