Sunday, 24 January 2010

One Hundred of the Best Books I’ve Ever Read (Note, “Books”) much the same order they came out of my head:

David Foster Wallace Infinite Jest
Jorge Luis Borges Labyrinths
Robertson Davies The Deptford Trilogy, esp. Fifth Business
Lawrence Durrell The Alexandria Quartet, esp. Clea
Herman Melville Moby Dick
David Berman Actual Air
Marguerite Young Miss McIntosh, My Darling
Henry Miller Tropic of Cancer
Marcel Proust A Recherche de Temps Perdue
Sigmund Freud The Interpretation of Dreams
Thomas Pynchon Gravity’s Rainbow
William T Vollmann You Bright and Risen Angels
Carson McCullers The Heart Is a Lonesome Hunter
Thomas Pynchon Against the Day
Thomas Pynchon The Crying of Lot 49
Jerome Rothenberg Poems for the Game of Silence
WG Sebald The Rings of Saturn
Jerome Rothenberg (ed.) Technicians of the Sacred
William T Vollmann Fathers and Crows (Seven Dreams, Volume II)
TS Eliot The Four Quartets

James Joyce Ulysses
Grant Morrison The Invisibles
Maya Deren Divine Horsemen
Naomi Klein The Shock Doctrine
Georges Perec Life, A User’s Manual
David Foster Wallace Brief Interviews...(1999)& Oblivion: Stories (2003)
William T Vollmann Rising Up and Rising Down (unabridged)
Armand Schwerner The Tablets
Jorge Luis Borges The Book of Sand
Rabindranath Tagore Stray Birds
Lawrence Durrell The Black Book
Lewis Carroll The Complete Alice (ill. Ralph Steadman)
André Breton The Magnetic Fields (w/ Phillippe Soupault)
Edgar Allen Poe Tales of Mystery and Imagination
Samuel Beckett 13 Texts for Nothing
Matthew Barney The Cremaster Cycle (ed. Nancy Spektor)
Mark Z Danielewski House of Leaves
Fyodor Dostoevsky Brothers Karamazov
Plato The Symposium
Omar Khayyam Rubaiyat

Franz Kafka The Great Wall of China
Italo Calvino Invisible Cities
John Steinbeck Cannery Row
Vladimir Nabokov Ada
Douglas Coupland Life After God
Mervyn Peake Titus Groan & Gormenghast
David Foster Wallace Consider the Lobster: Essays
Thomas Pynchon Vineland
Kay Redfield Jamieson Touched with Fire // An Unquiet Mind
Martha Gellhorn The Face of War
William Shakespeare King Lear
Allen Ginsberg Howl and Other Poems
Miguel de Cervantes Don Quixote
Neil Gaiman Sandman: Preludes & Nocturnes
Alejo Carpentier The Lost Steps
Carson McCullers The Member of the Wedding
Michael McClure Rare Angel
Douglas Coupland Generation X
Donald Barthelme 40 Stories
William Gaddis The Recognitions

John Steinbeck East of Eden
William Shakespeare Hamlet
Grant Morrison Arkham Asylum
Helen DeWitt The Seventh Samurai
Michael Herr Dispatches
William L Shirer The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich
Comte de Lautreamont Maldoror
Donald Harrington Some other Place, the Right Place
Ioan M Lewis Ecstatic Religion
Kenneth Patchen Collected Poems
??? Tao Te Ching
Jacques Lacan Ecrits
Don De Lillo Underworld
Andrei Makine Confessions of a Lapsed Standard-Bearer
Richard Brautigan Revenge of the Lawn (Collected Stories)
Bret Easton Ellis American Psycho
Douglas Coupland Microserfs
Roland Barthes Mythologies
Stephen King Different Seasons
RD Laing The Divided Self
John Fowles The Magus

Alice Oswald The Thing in the Gap-Stone Stile
HP Lovecraft The Thing on the Doorstep & Weird Tales
Yukio Mishima Spring Snow & Runaway Horses
André Breton (ed.) The Anthology of Black Humour
Robert M Pirsig Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
Daniel Clowes Ghostworld
David Sherwin If…
Charles Baudelaire The Spleen of Paris
Lawrence Ferlinghetti A Coney Island of the Mind
Lenny Bruce How to Make Friends and Influence People
Anais Nin The House of Incest
Haruki Murakami The Wind-up Bird Chronicle
Evelyn Waugh Brideshead Revisited
George Orwell 1984
Doris Lessing Briefing for a Descent into Hell
Iain Banks The Crow Road
Jeanette Winterson Gut Symmetries
Iain Banks The Bridge
Stella Gibbons Cold Comfort Farm

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