Rules: In a text post, list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. Tag friends, including me, so I’ll see your list. Make sure you let your friends know you’ve tagged them. (I was tagged by ohonestly)
1. Breakfast of Champions, Kurt Vonnegut
One of my high school english teachers was visiting her dying father, or something equally as devastating for her, and our substitute teacher was the art student son of our superintendent. He drew a map of Baltimore, marked the street corners with hypodermic needles and hookers. Then he drew Kurt Vonnegut’s asterisk version of an asshole, and I was hooked from there.
2. Suicide, Edouard Levé
I’ve already written about this. As a person who has infrequent, non-debilitating thoughts of suicide, it was an interesting read. Thoughts still persist every now and then, though. Fueled mostly by apathy, curiosity, and the endless notion of life as futility.
3. The Stranger, Albert Camus
I don’t know how this really affected me other than that I read all of Camus’ major works after finishing it. I was drawn to it mostly because it reenforced my already bleak notions about existence.
4. Existentialism is a Humanism, Jean-Paul Sartre
Life is hard. Caring about humanity can be harder. This was technically a speech, but I read the printed version of it.
5. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, Haruki Murakami
It was OK. I read it in a day while unemployed in Nashville. I wanted a well to disappear into.
6. Harry Potter
Not going to pretend this wasn’t a major source of entertainment/obsession for a portion of my life.
7. The Goosebumps series by R.L. Stine
My brother and I used to have reading races with the Goosebumps books. It started a bad habit of reading too quickly and remembering nothing.
8. Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman
This came into my life, along with a pocket collection of Thoreau’s works, when I was unemployed in Sydney. It’s enough to say that Whitman and Thoreau are dangerous for kids who need to be looking for employment.
9. Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius,Dave Eggers
The only book by Eggers I really loved, mostly because it convinced me that someday I could ramble my way to a career in books.
10. Letters From Earth, Mark Twain
I half-read this for a class that studied the Bible as literature. I’m not too versed in Twain but the sharpness of the satire here is just fucking perfect.
Who should I tag? Uh.. postcardsfromprinceton jumonz thefuturistiswriting