-Daphnis and Chloe, Anthia and Habrocomes by Longus
Better than Pretty Little Liars!
-The Travels of Mendes Pinto by Mendes Pinto
He's a bullshit merchant, but a good one.
-Algerian Chronicles by Albert Camus
He was right and the Left was wrong.
-The Stranger by Albert Camus
Time to read some literature that could not have been written before the 20th century.
-Dreadful: The Short Life and Gay Times of John Horne Burns by David Margolick
Author of one good book who was such an asshole that even his talent stopped talking to him.
-The Making of Citizen Kane by Robert L. Carringer
Love this movie and love Orson
-The Autumn of the Patriarch by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
A great book written with more power than most novelists can summon.
-An Open Book by John Huston
I just wanted to be the next John Huston. Was that too much to ask?
-John Huston: Interviews (Conversations with Filmmakers)
In his own words, too!
-Forbidden Colors by Yukio Mishima
Too strange for me. I got all tangled up in the language web.
-The Murder at the Stork Club and Other Mysteries by Vera Caspary
Now this is a language I speak.
-Laura by Vera Caspary
This too should be read.
American Noir: 11 Classic Crime Novels of the 1930s, 40s, & 50s
-The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M.Cain
-They Shoot Horses, Don’t They by Horace McCoy
-Thieves Like Us by Edward Anderson
-The Big Clock by Kenneth Fearing
-Nightmare Alley by William Lindsay Gresham
-I Married a Dead Man by Cornell Woolrich
These are all so good. The American language at its apex.
-David Goodis: Five Noir Novels of the 1940s and 50s (Library of America)
The Moon in the Gutter/Nightfall/Dark Passage/The Burglar/Street of No Return
Philly boy makes good! And he writes about a noir Philadelphia!
-Worlds Together, Worlds Apart: A History of the World: From 1000 CE to the Present (Third Edition) (Vol. 2) by Robert Tignor
This is a text book from a Princeton University history course.
-A Separate Peace by John Knowles
Too tender. That's why the bow broke.
-Walking with the Comrades by Arundhati Roy
Damn. This woman should meet Jeremy Scahill.
-The Broadview Anthology of British Literature, second edition: Volume 4: The Age of Romanticism
edited by Joseph Black
This was a gift for a writer friend of mine who I knew would read it.
-New York Stories: Landmark Writing from Four Decades of New York Magazine
Editors of New York Magazine
Same goes for this gift. It ended up in the hands of someone who would appreciate it.
-The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
-A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
-The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
-The Poison Belt by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
-The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
-The Enchanted Castle by E. Nesbit
The previous six books were a gift to a Harry Potter fan
-Gertrude Stein: Writings, 1903 to 1932, Vol. 1 (Library of America) by Gertrude Stein
-Gertrude Stein: Writings 1932-1946, Vol. 2 (Library of America) by Gertrude Stein
Strange woman. Interesting woman. I love Brewsie and Willie.
-Nijinsky's Bloomsbury Ballet: Reconstruction of the Dance & Design for Jeux (Dance and Music Series) (Wendy Hilton Dance and Music Series)
I don't know... I went to see an amazing ballet (Eifman's 'Rodan') and decided I needed to learn a little bit about the production side of it.
-Nureyev: The Life by Julie Kavanagh
I don't understand how he got out.
-Into the Valley: Marines at Guadalcanal by John Hersey
Great writing and reporting on a great story.
-Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
I wanted a nice hardback edition of my favorite novel.
-Maurice Ravel : A Life by Benjamin Ivry
He wrote the Bolero and kind of didn't care.
-Tchaikovsky: A Biography by Anthony Holden
-Dirty Wars: The World Is A Battlefield by Jeremy Scahill
Love this crazy guy. Thank you Jeremy!
-Collected Poems by William Butler Yeats
Art for arts sake.
-The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen
A little full of himself.
-New Orleans Sketches by William Faulkner
Fascinating early writings by William Faulkner.
-Consider Phlebas by Iain M.Banks
ScFi that is better than Star Trek (TNG)
-Hitchcock by Francois Truffaut
Two of my favorite directors talking the biz.
-Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power by Rachel Maddow
She's smart are usually correct.
-The Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Wonderful example of the American language in the hands of a master.
-The Raw and the Cooked: Adventures of a Roving Gourmand by Jim Harrison
An example of food writing in the hands of a master.
-Legends of the Fall by Jim Harrison
Three great stories by one of our better (Still living!) writers.
-Dalva by Jim Harrison
Mario Batali recommends starting with Jim Harrison at this book.
-The Sultan's Helmsman by Robert Colburn
Fun historical fiction.
-Lucifer with a book: A novel by John Horne Burns
Things fall apart... see his biography above.
-Roosevelt and the Russians by Edward R. Stettinius Jr.
I met his granddaughter and got obsessed.
-The Diaries of Edward B. Stettinius Jr., 1943-1946 by Edward R. Stettinius
The obsession continues.
-Leonard Bernstein by Humphrey Burton
Crazy man, crazy. How do you cover the life of a genius who did SO MUCH GREAT STUFF!
-The Travels and Adventures of the Turkish Admiral Sidi Ali Reïs: In India, Afghanistan, Central Asia
by Seydî Ali Reis
I'm just strange.
-The Dragon Waiting: A Masque of History by John M. Ford
Love my space opera!
-Life Studies and For the Union Dead by Robert Lowell
-Thomas Jefferson : Writings : Autobiography / Notes on the State of Virginia / Public and Private Papers / Addresses / Letters (Library of America)
by Thomas Jefferson
Everything who need to know you can learn here.
-James Madison: Writings: Writings 1772-1836 (Library of America) by James Madison
And if you can't find it in Jefferson, look here.
-The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Not so beautiful, but damned.
-Tender Is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Not if you start this book.
-A Moveable Feast: The Restored Edition by Ernest Hemingway
Who knew Hemingway was a gossipy bitch. I don't like this.
-The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories by Ernest Hemingway
-Winner Take Nothing by Ernest Hemingway
More of the bestest. Read the short stories man.
-Plutarch Lives, IX, Demetrius and Antony. Pyrrhus and Gaius Marius (Loeb Classical Library)
-Plutarch Lives, VI: Dion and Brutus. Timoleon and Aemilius Paulus (Loeb Classical Library®)
-Plutarch Lives, VII, Demosthenes and Cicero. Alexander and Caesar (Loeb Classical Library)
I like history and this is some of the best
-Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam by Nick Turse
The truth is this is how the war was fought.
-Cicero: Vol. XXII, Letters to Atticus 1-89 (Loeb Classical Library No. 7) by Marcus Tullius Cicero
-Cicero: Letters to Atticus, II, 90-165A (Loeb Classical Library No. 8) by Cicero
-Letters to Atticus, Vol. 4: 282-426 (Loeb Classical Library, No. 491) by Cicero
-Letters to Atticus, III, 166-281 (Loeb Classical Library 97) Cicero
We should still teach Cicero in grade and high school. THAT is what is wrong with America today.
-The Last Good Kiss by James Crumley
A good mystery/crime novel
-The Untold History of the United States by Oliver Stone, Peter Kuznick
Oliver Stone Is God!
-Pooh's Library: Winnie-The-Pooh, The House At Pooh Corner, When We Were Very Young, Now We Are Six by A. A. Milne
It makes me happy just to have this on my shelf.
-Bread and Wine by Ignazio Silone
Such a great and loving book about a very hard time.
-To Each His Own by Leonardo Sciascia
Hardboiled crime doesn't only happy in the US of A.
-Open City : Seven Writers in Postwar Rome : Ignazio Silone, Giorgio Bassani, Alberto Moravia, Elsa Morante, Natalia Ginzburg, Carlo Levi, Carlo Emili
edited by William Weaver
Fascitiating look at a country trying to get up off its knees.
Bought on my KINDLE:
-Reclaiming Parkland: Tom Hanks, Vincent Bugliosi, and the JFK Assassination in the New Hollywood
by James DiEugenio
Fuck Tom Hanks and the war he drove in on.
-Apartment in Athens by Glenway Wescott
This is a strange novel. Weird people in a weird circumstance. Fascinating though.
-City of Night by John Rechy
A little too much for me. It got to be too much.
-Operation Dragoon 1944: France's Other D-Day by Steven Zaloga, John White
I didn't know a lot about this theater of war.
-200 GREATEST NOVELS, STORIES & POEMS EVER WRITTEN: THE COMPLETE HARVARD CLASSICS LIBRARY SHELF OF FICTION
Really.... 200 novels!
-The Secret History by Donna Tartt
She needs a good editor.
-The Circle by Dave Eggers
So does he. These guys and girls are good writers. They just aren't crasfstpeople. It ruins the experience after a while... too much of a schlep.
-The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Same as above. A great opening, then I wanted to kill the fucking bird myself.
-The Two Hotel Francforts by David Leavitt
This guy has good ideas, but just isn't a great writer... yet.
-The Myth of Sisyphus: And Other Essays by Albert Camus
Who doens't need to get smarter.
-The Beast Must Die by Nicholas Blake
This book is good and was turned in to a really fun movie by Claude Chabrol (This Man Must Die)
-From Here to Eternity: The Restored Edition (The World War II Trilogy, 1) by James Jones
Curious what they added back in...fug!
-The Collected Works of Edgar Allan Poe: A Complete Collection of Poems and Tales
by Edgar Allan Poe
Awesome stuff. Not really scary... to dilettante for that.
-Dolphin Island by Arthur C. Clarke
ScFi fluff from one of the big guns.
-The Young Lions by Irwin Shaw
Irwin Shaw is one of my faves. He is more of a commercial novelist, but that's okay.
-Journal of a Voyage to Lisbon - Volume 1 by Henry Fielding
Good travel writing
-Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
I loved reading this book for about two hours, then not so much.
-Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
And that ends it! Happy New Year.