Bowie’s Top 100

The legend, David Bowie, passed away at the age of 69 after an eighteen-month battle with cancer. He will be greatly missed. To celebrate his life, listed below are his top 100 books. 

-Interviews with Francis Bacon by David Sylvester

-Billy Liar by Keith Waterhouse

-Room At The Top by John Braine

-On Having No Head by Douglas Harding

-Kafka Was The Rage by Anatole Broyard

-A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

-City of Night by John Rechy

-The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

-Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

-Iliad by Homer

-As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

-Tadanori Yokoo by Tadanori Yokoo

-Berlin Alexanderplatz by Alfred Döblin

-Inside The Whale And Other Essays by George Orwell

-Mr. Norris Changes Trains by Christopher Isherwood

-Halls Dictionary of Subjects And Symbols In Art by James A. Hall

-David Bomberg by Richard Cork

-Blast by Wyndham Lewis

-Passing by Nella Larson

-Beyond The Brillo Box by Arthur C. Danto

-The Origin of Consciousness In The Breakdown Of The Bicameral Mind by Julian Jaynes

-In Bluebird’s Castle by George Steiner

-Hawksmoor by Peter Ackroyd

-The Divided Self by R.D. Laing

-The Stranger by Albert Camus

-Infants Of The Spring by Wallace Thurman

-The Quest For Christa T by Christa Wolf

-The Songlines by Bruce Chatwin

-Nights At The Circus by Angela Carter

-The Master And Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

-The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark

-Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

-Herzog by Saul Bellow

-Puckoon by Spike Milligan

-Black Boy by Richard Wright

-The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald

-The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With The Sea by Yukio Mishima

-Darkness At Noon by Arthur Koestler

-The Waste Land by T.S. Elliot

-McTeague by Frank Norris

-Money by Martin Amis

-The Outsider by Colin Wilson

-Strange People by Frank Edwards

-English Journey by J.B. Priestley

-A Confederacy Of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

-The Day Of The Locust by Nathanael West

-1984 by George Orwell

-The Life And Times Of Little Richard by Charles White

-Aopbopaloobop Alopbamboom: The Golden Age of Rock by Nik Cohn

-Mystery Train by Greil Marcus

-Beano (comics, 1950s)

-Raw (comics, 1980s)

-White Noise by Don DeLillo

-Sweat Soul Music: Rhythm and Blues and the Southern Dream of Freedom by Peter Guralnick

-Silence: Lectures and Writing by John Cage

-Writers At Work: The Paris Review Interviews edited by Malcolm Cowley

-The Sound of the City: The Rise of Rock and Roll by Charlie Gillete

-Octobriana and the Russian Underground by Peter Sadecky

-The Street by Ann Petry

-Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon

-Last Exit to Brooklyn by Hubert Selby, Jr.

-A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn

-The Age of American Unreason by Susan Jacoby

-Metropolitan Life by Fran Lebowitz

-The Coast of Utopia by Tom Stoppard

-The Bridge by Hart Crane

-All The Emperor’s Horses by David Kidd

-Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

-Earthly Powers by Anthony Burgess

-The 42nd Parallel by John Dos Passos

-Tales of Beatnik Glory by Ed Saunders

-The Bird Artist by Howard Norman

-Nowhere To Run: The Story of Soul Music by Gerri Hirshey

-Before the Deluge by Otto Friedrich

-Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence From Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson by Camille Paglia

-The American Way of Death by Jessica Mitford

-In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

-Lady Chatterly’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence

-Teenage by Jon Savage

-Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh

-The Hidden Persuaders by Vance Packard

-The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

-Viz (comics, early 1980s)

-Private Eye (satirical magazine, 1960s-1980s)

-Selected Poems by Frank O’Hara

-The Trial of Henry Kissinger by Christopher Hitchens

-Flaubert’s Parrot by Julian Barnes

-Maldodor by Comte de Lautréamont

-On The Road by Jack Kerouac

-Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonders by Lawrence Weschler

-Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton

-Transcendental Magic, Its Doctrine and Ritual by Eliphas Lévi

-The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels

-The Leopard by Giusseppe Di Lampedusa

-Inferno by Dante Alighieri

-A Grave For A Dolphin by Alberto Denti di Pirajno

-The Insult by Rupert Thomson

-In Between The Sheets by Ian McEwan

-A People’s Tragedy by Orlando Figes

-Journey Into The Whirlwind by Eugenia Ginzburg

“The truth is of course is that there is no journey. We are arriving and departing all at the same time.” -David Bowie
Genre Benders
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Here to Remind You That Genre Is a Malleable and Arbitrary Category. Comment with some of your favorite genre benders!

On Loki:

“Ally and enemy, genius and failure; delightful and despicable, ridiculous and deadly, beautiful and hideous, hilarious and bitter, clever and foolish, Loki is the God of Nothing in Particular yet unmistakably of the World Itself. It was in reading [d’Aulaire’s Book of Norse Myths] that I first felt the power of that ambiguity. Loki never turned up among the lists of Great Literary Heroes (or villains) of Childhood, and yet he was my favorite character in the book that was for many years my favorite, a book whose subtitle might have been ‘How Loki Ruined the World and Made it Worth Talking About’…

Loki was the god of my own mind as a child, with its competing impulses of vandalism and vision, of imagining things and smashing them. And as he cooked up schemes and foiled them, fathered monsters and stymied them, helped forestall the end of the world and hastened it, he was the god of the endlessly complicating nature of plot, of storytelling itself….

Loki was funny—he made the other gods laugh. In his fickleness and his fertile imagination he even brought pleasure to Odin, who with all of his well-sipping and auto-asphyxiation knew too much to otherwise be amused. This was, in fact, the reason why Odin had taken the great, foredoomed step of making Loki his blood brother—for the pleasure, pure and simple, of his company. Loki was the god of the irresistible gag, the gratuitous punch line, the improvised, half-baked solution—the God of the Eight-Year-Old Boy—and like all great jokers and improvisers, was often the butt and punchline of his greatest stunts….

We all grew up—all of us, from the beginning—in a time of violence and invention, absurdity and Armageddon, prey and witness to the worst and best in humanity, in a world ruined and made interesting by Loki. I took comfort, as a kid, in knowing that things had always been this awful and as wonderful as they were now, even if, in Maryland in 1969, it seemed a little more true than usual.”

–Michael Chabon, Preface to d’Aulaires book of Norse Myths, 1995


Free Comics Event Series Celebrates Will Eisner Week

Portland State University invites you to a week of special events to celebrate the hundredth birthday of Will Eisner, the legendary cartoonist whose influence defined the contours and possibilities of American comics in his lifetime and beyond!

Will Eisner Week is an annual celebration around the week of March 6th, every year. It celebrates “graphic novels, literacy, free speech awareness, and the legacy of Will Eisner.” Eisner is best known for championing the development of the graphic novel as a literary form, and for creating The Spirit, the iconic 1940s hero that redefined newspaper comics. However, Eisner’s achievements stretch even further.  In celebration of Eisner’s centennial, Will Eisner Week engages with his legacy for a week of thought-provoking events on the PSU campus.

Documentary Screening of “Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist”

This award-winning full-length feature film is the definitive documentary on the life and art of Will Eisner, father of the graphic novel, and includes interviews with Kurt Vonnegut, Michael Chabon, Jules Feiffer, and Frank Miller, among others. The documentary will be followed by a discussion between Marvel Comics best-selling writer Brian Michael Bendis and Eisner’s former Dark Horse editor Diana Schutz.

Friday, March 3, 2017
12 noon – 3:30 p.m.
Cramer Hall room #150
1721 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201

anonymous asked:

do you have any book recs??

i have MANY

- all things cease to appear by elizabeth brundage
- my brilliant friend by elena ferrante (everything ferrante has ever done also)
- the last of her kind by sigrid nunez
- eileen by ottessa moshfegh
- NW by zadie smith
- the flamethrowers by rachel kushner 
- the hours by michael cunningham
- a manual for cleaning women by lucia berlin 
- moonglow by michael chabon
- the house of mirth by edith wharton
- the girls by emma cline
- to the lighthouse by virgina woolf
- the signature of all things by elizabeth gilbert 
- the last of her kind by sigrid nunez
- the flamethrowers by rachel kushner
-  the night circus by erin morgenstern 
- a streetcar named desire by tennessee williams 
- the gunslinger by stephen king
- it by stephen king
- mrs. dalloway by virginia woolf

goddesssincarnate  asked:

hi rhiannon, Im 16 and trying to immerse myself into literature and science at the moment. would you be so kind as to recommend your favorite books? Maybe some scientific/ poetic/ enlightening/ philosophical ones ? Which ever ones, really. Thank ya! -abigail

this is great because i was just admonishing an engineering major for not reading more! this is what i said:

the AMAZING ADVENTURES of kavalier and clay by michael chabon (and all of his books tbh), a tree grows in brooklyn by betty smith, octavia butler and james tiptree for scifi, zora neale hurston just like off the top of my head but i also make book review videos and read a bunch of sciencey stuff

The Rory Gilmore Reading Checklist

Reading List

  1. √ 1984 – George Orwell
  2. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
  3. √ Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
  4. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay – Michael Chabon
  5. An American Tragedy – Theodore Dreiser
  6. Angela’s Ashes – Frank McCourt
  7. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
  8. √ Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank
  9. Archidamian War – Donald Kagen
  10. The Art of Fiction  - Henry James
  11. The Art of War – Sun Tzu
  12. As I Lay Dying – William Faulkner
  13. Atonement – Ian McEwan
  14. Autobiography of a Face – Lucy Grealy
  15. √ Babe – Dick King-Smith
  16. Backlash – Susan Faludi
  17. Balzac & the Little Chinese Seamstress – Dai Sijie
  18. √ The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
  19. Beloved – Toni Morrison
  20. Beowulf – Seamus Heaney
  21. The Bhagava Gita
  22. The Bielski Brothers – Peter Duffy
  23. Bitch in Praise of Difficult Women – Elizabeth Wurtzel
  24. A Bolt From the Blue & other Essays – Mary McCarthy
  25. Brick Lane – Monica Ali
  26. Brigadoon – Alan Jay Lerner
  27. Candide – Voltaire
  28. The Canterbury Tales – Chaucer
  29. √ Carrie –Stephen King
  30. √ Catch – 22 – Joseph Heller
  31. √ The Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger
  32. √ Charlotte’s Web – EB White
  33. The Children’s Hour – Lilian Hellman
  34. Christine – Stephen King
  35. √ A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
  36. A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
  37. The Code of the Woosters – PG Wodehouse
  38. The Collected Short Stories – Eudora Welty
  39. The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  40. A Comedy of Errors – William Shakespeare
  41. Complete Novels – Dawn Powell
  42. The Complete Poems – Anne Sexton
  43. A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
  44. The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
  45. Cousin Bette – Honore de Balzac
  46. Crime & Punishment – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  47. The Crimson Petal & the White – Michael Faber
  48. √ The Crucible – Arthur Miller
  49. Cujo – Stephen King
  50. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime – Mark Haddon
  51. Daughter of Fortune – Isabel Allende
  52. David and Lisa – Dr. Theodore Issac Rubin
  53. David Coperfield – Charles Dickens
  54. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
  55. Deal Souls – Nikolai Gogol (Season 3, episode 3)
  56. Demons – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  57. √ Death of a Salesman – Arthur Miller
  58. √ Deenie – Judy Blume
  59. The Devil in the White City – Erik Larson
  60. The Dirt – Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mark, & Nikki Sixx
  61. The Divine Comedy – Dante
  62. The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood – Rebecca Wells
  63. √ Don Quijote – Cervantes
  64. Driving Miss Daisy – Alfred Uhrv
  65. DrJekyll & Mr. Hyde ­– Robert Louis Stevenson
  66. √ Complete Tales & Poems – Edgar Allan Poe
  67. Eleanor Roosevelt – Blanche Wiesen Cook
  68. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test – Tom Wolfe
  69. Ella Minnow Pea – Mark Dunn
  70. √ Eloise – Kay Thompson
  71. Emily the Strange – Roger Reger
  72. Emma – Jane Austen
  73. Empire Falls – Richard Russo
  74. √ Encyclopedia Brown – Donald J. Sobol
  75. √ Ethan Frome – Edith Wharton
  76. Ethics – Spinoza
  77. Eva Luna – Isabel Allende
  78. Everything is Illuminated – Jonathon Safran Foer
  79. Extravagance – Gary Kist
  80. Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
  81. Fahrenheit 911 – Michael Moore
  82. The Fall of the Athenian Empire – Donald Kagan
  83. Fat Land:How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World – Greg Critser
  84. Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas – Hunter S. Thompson
  85. √ The Fellowship of the Ring – J R R Tolkien
  86. √ Fiddler on the Roof – Joseph Stein
  87. The Five People You Meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom
  88. Finnegan’s Wake – James Joyce
  89. Fletch – Gregory McDonald
  90. Flowers of Algernon – Daniel Keyes
  91. √ Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
  92. Franny and Zooey – JD Salinger
  93. The Fortress of Solitude – Jonathon Lethem
  94. The Fountainhead – Ayn Rand
  95. Freaky Friday – Mary Rodgers
  96. Galapagos – Kurt Vonnegut
  97. Gender Trouble – Judith Baker
  98. George W. Bushism – Jacob Weisberg
  99. Gidget – Fredrick Kohner
  100. Girl, Interrupted – Susanna Kaysen
  101. The Ghostic Gospels – Elaine Pagels
  102. The Godfather – Mario Puzo
  103. The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy
  104. √ Goldilocks & the Three Bears – Alvin Granowsky
  105. Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
  106. The Good Soldier – Ford Maddox Ford
  107. The Gospel According to Judy Bloom
  108. The Graduate – Charles Webb
  109. The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
  110. √ The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  111. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
  112. The Group – Mary McCarthy
  113. √ Hamlet – Shakespeare
  114. √ Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – JK Rowling
  115. √ Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – JK Rowling
  116. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius – Dave Eggers
  117. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
  118. Helter Skelter – Vincent Bugliosi
  119. Henry IV, Part 1 – Shakespeare
  120. Henry IV, Part 2 – Shakespeare
  121. Henry V – Shakespeare
  122. High Fidelity – Nick Hornby
  123. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire – Edward Gibbons
  124. Holidays on Ice – David Sedaris
  125. The Holy Barbarians – Lawrence Lipton
  126. House of Sand and Fog – Andre Dubus III
  127. The House of the Spirits – Isabel Allende
  128. How to Breathe Underwater – Julie Orringer
  129. √ How the Grinch Stole Christmas – Dr. Seuss
  130. How the Light Gets In – MJ Hyland
  131. Howl – Alan Ginsburg
  132. The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Victor Hugo
  133. √ The Illiad – Homer
  134. I’m With the Band – Pamela des Barres
  135. √ In Cold Blood – Truman Capote
  136. Inferno – Dante
  137. Inherit the Wind – Jerome Lawrence & Robert E Lee
  138. Iron Weed – William J. Kennedy
  139. It Takes a Village – Hilary Clinton
  140. √ Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
  141. The Joy Luck Club – Amy Tan
  142. Julius Caesar – Shakespeare
  143. The Jumping Frog – Mark Twain
  144. The Jungle – Upton Sinclair
  145. Just a Couple of Days – Tony Vigorito
  146. The Kitchen Boy – Robert Alexander
  147. Kitchen Confidential – Anthony Bourdain
  148. √ The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
  149. Lady Chatterley’s Love – DH Lawrence
  150. The Last Empire: Essays 1992-2000 – Gore Vidal
  151. Leaves of Grass – Walt Whitman
  152. The Legend of Bagger Vance – Steven Pressfield
  153. Less Than Zero – Bret Easton Ellis
  154. Letters to a Young Poet – Rainer Maria Rilke
  155. Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them – Al Franken
  156. √ Life of Pi – Yann Martel
  157. Little Dorrit – Charles Dickens
  158. The Little Locksmith – Katharine Butler Hathaway
  159. The Little Match Girl – Hans Christian Anderson
  160. Little Woman – Louisa May Alcott
  161. Living History – Hillary Clinton
  162. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
  163. The Lottery & Other Stories – Shirley Jackson
  164. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
  165. The Love Story – Eric Segal
  166. Macbeth – Shakespeare
  167. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert
  168. The Manticore – Robertson Davies (Season 3, episode 3)
  169. Marathon Man – William Goldman
  170. The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov
  171. Memoirs of  Dutiful Daughter – Simone de Beauvoir
  172. Memoirs of General WT Sherman – William Tecumseh Sherman
  173. Me Talk Pretty One Day – David Sedaris
  174. The Meaning of Consuelo – Judith Ortiz Cofer
  175. Mencken’s Chrestomathy – HR Mencken
  176. The Merry Wives of Windsor – Shakespeare
  177. The Metamorphosis – Franz Kafka
  178. Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides
  179. √ The Miracle Worker – William Gibson
  180. Moby Dick – Herman Melville
  181. The Mojo Collection – Jim Irvin
  182. Moliere – Hobart Chatfield Taylor
  183. A Monetary History of the US – Milton Friedman
  184. Monsieur Proust – Celeste Albaret
  185. A Month of Sundays – Julie Mars
  186. A Moveable Feast – Ernest Hemingway
  187. Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf
  188. Mutiny on the Bounty – Charles Nordhoff & James Norman Hall
  189. My Lai 4 – Seymour M Hersh
  190. My Life as Author and Editor – HR Mencken
  191. My Life in Orange – Tim Guest
  192. √ My Sister’s Keeper – Jodi Picoult
  193. The Naked and the Dead – Norman Mailer
  194. The Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco
  195. The Namesake – Jhumpa Lahiri
  196. The Nanny Diaries – Emma McLaughlin
  197. Nervous System – Jan Lars Jensen
  198. √ New Poems of Emily Dickinson
  199. Things Work – David Macaulay
  200. Nickel and Dimed – Barbara Ehrenreich
  201. Night – Elie Wiesel
  202. Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen
  203. The Norton Anthology of Theory & Criticism – William E Cain
  204. Notes of a Dirty Old Man – Charles Bukowski
  205. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
  206. Old School – Tobias Wolff
  207. On the Road – Jack Keruac
  208. Peyton Place – Grace Metalious
  209. The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
  210. Pigs at the Trough – Arianna Huffington
  211. √ Pinocchio – Carlo Collodi
  212. Please Kill Me – Legs McNeil & Gilliam McCain
  213. The Polysyllabic Spree – Nick Hornby
  214. √ The Portable Dorothy Parker
  215. The Portable Nietzche
  216. The Price of Loyalty – Ron Suskind
  217. √ Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  218. Property – Valerie Martin
  219. Pushkin – TJ Binyon
  220. Pygmalion – George Bernard Shaw
  221. Quattrocento – James McKean
  222. A Quiet Storm – Rachel Howzell Hall
  223. √ Rapunzel – Grimm Brothers
  224. The Razor’s Edge – W Somerset Maugham
  225. Reading Lolita in Tehran – Azar Nafisi
  226. Rebecca – Daphne de Maurier
  227. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm – Kate Douglas Wiggin
  228. The Red Tent – Anita Diamant
  229. Rescuing Patty Hearst – Virginia Holman
  230. The Return of the King – JRR Tolkien
  231. R is for Ricochet – Sue Grafton
  232. Rita Hayworth – Stephen King
  233. Robert’s Rules of Order – Henry Robert
  234. Roman Holiday – Edith Wharton
  235. √ Romeo and Juliet – Shakespeare
  236. A Room of One’s Own – Virginia Woolf
  237. A Room with a View – EM Forster
  238. Rosemary’s Baby – Ira Levin
  239. Sacred Time – Ursula Hegi
  240. Sanctuary – William Faulkner
  241. Savage Beauty – Nancy Milford
  242. Say Goodbye to Daisy Miller – Henry James
  243. The Scarecrow of Oz – Frank L. Baum
  244. √ The Scarlet Letter – Nathanial Hawthorne
  245. √ Seabiscuit – Laura Hillenbrand
  246. The Second Sex – Simone de Beauvior
  247. √ The Secret Life of Bees – Sue Monk Kidd
  248. Secrets of the Flesh – Judith Thurman
  249. Selected Letters of Dawn Powell (1913-1965)
  250. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
  251. A Separate Place – John Knowles
  252. Several Biographies of Winston Churchill
  253. Sexus – Henry Miller
  254. The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafron
  255. Shane – Jack Shaefer
  256. The Shining – Stephen King
  257. Siddartha – Hermann Hesse
  258. S is for Silence – Sue Grafton
  259. Slaughter-House 5 – Kurt Vonnegut
  260. Small Island – Andrea Levy
  261. Snows of Kilamanjaro – Ernest Hemingway
  262. √ Snow White and Red Rose – Grimm Brothers
  263. Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy – Barrington Moore
  264. The Song of Names – Norman Lebrecht
  265. Song of the Simple Truth – Julia de Burgos
  266. The Song Reader – Lisa Tucker
  267. Songbook – Nick Hornby
  268. The Sonnets – Shakespeare
  269. Sonnets from the Portuegese – Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  270. Sophie’s Choice – William Styron
  271. The Sound and the Fury – William Faulkner
  272. Speak, Memory – Vladimir Nabakov
  273. Stiff, The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers – Mary Roach
  274. √ The Story of my Life – Helen Keller
  275. A Streetcar Named Desire – Tennessee Williams
  276. √ Stuart Little – EB White
  277. Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway
  278. Swann’s Way – Marcel Proust
  279. Swimming with Giants – Anne Collett
  280. √ Sybil – Flora Rheta Schreiber
  281. A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
  282. Tender is the Night – F Scott Fitzgerald
  283. Term of Endearment – Larry McMurty
  284. Time and Again – Jack Finney
  285. √ The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffeneggar
  286. To Have and to Have Not – Ernest Hemingway
  287. √ To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  288. The Tragedy of Richard III – Shakespeare
  289. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Betty Smith
  290. The Trial – Franz Kafka
  291. The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters – Elisabeth Robinson
  292. Truth & Beauty – Ann Patchett
  293. Tuesdays with Morrie – Mitch Albom
  294. Ulysses – James Joyce
  295. The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath (1950-1962)
  296. Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Harriet Beecher Stowe
  297. Unless – Carol Shields
  298. Valley of the Dolls – Jacqueline Susann
  299. The Vanishing Newspaper – Philip Meyers
  300. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray
  301. Velvet Underground – Joe Harvard
  302. The Virgin Suicides – Jeffrey Eugenides
  303. Waiting for Godot – Samuel Beckett
  304. √ Walden – Henry David Thoreau
  305. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
  306. We Owe You Nothing – Daniel Sinker
  307. What Colour is Your Parachute – Richard Nelson Bolles
  308. What Happened to Baby Jane – Henry Farrell
  309. When the Emperor Was Divine – Julie Otsuka
  310. Who Moved My Cheese? Spencer Johnson
  311. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Edward Albee
  312. √ Wicked – Gregory Maguire
  313. √ The Wizard of Oz – Frank L Baum
  314. √ Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
  315. The Yearling – Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
  316. The Year of Magical Thinking – Joan Didion

I’d been meaning to make a rec list for a while, but now I’m finally getting around to it! I’ve read or started to read most of the books on this list, and I own 95% of them. If I haven’t read it, but someone has recommended it to me, I’ve included it. I know that there are books I’ve read or have been meaning to read that aren’t on here because my memory is shit and I never write anything down. Titles link to Goodreads.

An asterisk (*) indicates a book I haven’t read yet. A pound sign (#) indicates a book I haven’t read yet, but which others have recommended. A tilde (~) indicates a book I’m in the process of reading and would recommend up to the current point (aka “I don’t know if this book has a terrible second half, but so far it’s good”). Italics indicate a personal favorite.




Feel free to add others! 

Tagging shiraglassman and newlyjewly​, re: the “books” ask.

He kissed her at the salt cellar of her throat. The open collar of her shirt released a cloud of Opium perfume that literally dizzied him. He laid a cheek against the scrollwork of her clavicles and tried to collect his thoughts. He remembered having read that the temple of Delphi, home of the ancient oracle, was built over a geologic fault that released vapor from a seam of hydrocarbons far below the surface, that the sibyl’s trances and prophecies were effects of ethylene intoxication. He hoped that he was not about to start talking some kindred type of nonsense. He closed his eyes and helplessly imbibed.
—  Michael Chabon, Moonglow

michael chabon dragged the shit out of donald trump the other day but the only outlets reporting on it are breitbart etc. so i’m posting the full quote here so you don’t have to go to breitbart. welcome.

Every morning I wake up and in the seconds before I turn my phone on to see what the latest news is, I have this boundless sense of optimism and hope that this is the day that he’s going to have a massive stroke, and, you know, be carted out of the White House on a gurney.

And every day so far, I have been disappointed in that hope. But, you know, hope springs eternal. He’s an old guy, he doesn’t eat well, he’s overweight. He has terrible nutrition. He doesn’t exercise and it’s that not that hard to imagine.

My Favourite Pulitzer Prize Winning Books (So Far)

Just as the title says, here’s a list/rating of my favourite to least favourite Pulitzer Prize winning books (of those I have read).

Note: I am rating these books solely on an emotional scale based on how strongly I connected with each book.

#1. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt (one of my favourite books OF ALL TIME)

#2. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, by Michael Chabon

#3. All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doer

#4. The Colour Purple, by Alice Walker

#5. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

#6. Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides

#7. The Road, by Cormac McCarthy

#8. The Orphan Master’s Son, by Adam Johnson

 One of my New School Year Resolutions is to read as many Pulitzers between this fall and the next as possible (an idea spawned pretty much out of absolute boredom and need for a pet-project). It’ll be interesting to see how this list changes throughout the next 12 months, and when I’m finally finished I’ll create a much more detailed one describing what I do/don’t like about each book! 

Please let me know if you have any recommendations!!

List of shibboleth names

by which the privileged judge their inferiors


Abbe Suger (French pronunciation: syoo-zheh, British: soo-gehr)

Chinua Achebe (chin-oo-ah ah-chay-bae)

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (chim-ah-man-da nnnn-go-zeh ah-dee-che)

James Agee (a-jee)

Anna Akhmatova (onna ock-mah-taugh-vah)

Louis Althusser (lou-wee al-too-sair)

Jerzy Andrzejewski (yer-zhay ahn-zhay-ev-ski)

Roger Angell (angel)

Jean Anouilh (~ahn’oo-ee)

Diane Arbus (dee-ann)

Hannah Arendt (hahn-ah ahr-ent)

Martha Argerich (mar-tah herr-each)

Eugène Atget (oo-zhenne at-zhey)

Augustine of Hippo (aw-gus-tin)

Autechre (aw-tekk-er)

Richard Ayoade (eye-oh-wah-dee)


Angelo Badalamenti (bottle-ah-menti)

Walter Bagehot (badget)

Balliol College (bay-lee-uhl)

Donald/Frederick Barthelme (barth-uhl-me)

Karl Barth (bart)

Roland Barthes (bart)

Tom Beauchamp (beachum)

Walter Benjamin (ben-yameen)

John Berger (berdger)

Bishop Berkeley (barkley)

Hans Bethe (beta)

John Betjeman (betch-uh-mun)

Joseph Beuys (boyz)

Hieronymus Bosch (Flemish pronunciation: heer-rone-nee-mohse boss)

Tadeusz Borowski (tah-de-yoosh borr-off-ski)

Anthony Boucher (rhymes with voucher)

Tycho Brahe (Danish pronunciation: too-ghoh brahhh)

Broad Art Museum (brode)

Hermann Broch (~hair-monn brohhh)

Burgundy Street, New Orleans (burr-gun-dee)

Steve Buscemi (boo-semm-ee)

Bowdoin College (boh-din)


Gonville and Caius College (keys)

Menzies Campbell (ming-iss)

Thomas Carew (carey)

Vija Celmins (vee-yah tell-midge)

Michael Chabon (shay-bonn)

Jan Czochralski (yann choh-h’ral-ski)

J.C. Chandor (shann-door)

Dan Chaon (shawn)

Chyron (kai-rawn or kai-run)

Cimabue (chee-ma-boo-ee)

Karel Čapek (kah-rell chap-eck)

Michael Cimino (chee-me-noh)

Emil Cioran (chore-ahn)

Ta-Nehisi Coates (tah-nuh-hah-see)

Alexander/Andrew/Patrick Cockburn (coburn)

Paulo Coelho (~pow-lu kuh-whey.l-you.)1

J.M. Coetzee (koot-see)

Robert Campin (com-pin)

William Cowper (cooper)

Cré na Cille, Máirtín Ó Cadhain book (~kreh neh kill-eh)

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (me-high cheek-sent-me-high)

Countee Cullen (cown-tay)

Marie Skłodowska-Curie (skwoh-doaf-ska)

Alfonso/Jonás/Carlo Cuarón (al-fone-so/ho-nas kwah-roan)


Gerard David (Flemish pronunciation: ~hhheer-ahrd dahh-fidd)

The Dalles, Oregon (the dolls)

Guy Debord (ghee du-borrh)

Louis De Broglie (duh broy)

Giorgio De Chirico (Italian pronunciation: ~dee kee-ree-koh)

Richard Dedekind (between day-dah-kin and day-dah-kint)

Wilhelm Dilthey (dill-tai)

Alfred Döblin (deu-bleen)

Don Juan, Byron character (jew-un)

Gerrit/Gerard Dou (dow)

W.E.B. DuBois (duh-boyz)

Andre Dubus (duh-byoose)


Chiwetel Ejiofor (choo-we-tell edge-ee-oh-for)

Cary Elwes (ell-wiss)

Paul Erdős (~pal ehr-deush)

John Scotus Eriugena (era-jee-nah)

Leonhard Euler (oiler)


Nuruddin Farah (Somali pronunciation: ~nour-oo-deen farr-ah)

Colm Feore (column fury)

Ferdydurke (fair-deh-dure-kuh)

Paul Feyerabend (fire-ah-bent)

Johann Gottlieb Fichte (feesh-tuh)3

Ralph/Ranulph/Sophie/Joseph/Magnus/Martha Fiennes (rayf finezzzzzzzzzzzzz)

Gustave Flaubert (flow-bear)

William Foege (fay-ghee)

Lee Fang (fong)

Michel Foucault (~foo-coh)

Gottlob Frege (got-lobe free-geh)

James Frey (fry)


Gallaudet University (gal-uh-debt)

Clifford Geertz (gurtz)

Alberto Giacometti (Swiss pronunciation: yah-coh-mett-ee)2

André Gide (zheed)

Giotto (jhott-oh)

H.R. Giger (ghee-guh)

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (~ger-tuh)

Nikolai Gogol (goggle)

Witold Gombrowicz (vee-told gomm-broh-vitch)

Jan Gossaert (~yann ho-sight) aka ‘Mabuse’ (mah-buu-zuh)

Philip Gourevitch (guh-ray-vitch)

Antonio Gramsci (gromm-she)

Matt Groening (graining)

Alexander Grothendieck (groat-enn-deek)

David Guetta (gay-tah)


Vaclav Havel (vott-slav hah-vell)

Michael Haneke (hanukkah)

Margaret H’Doubler (dough-blur)

Seamus Heaney (shay-muss hee-knee)

Aleksandar Hemon (between heh-monn and heh-mown)

Zbigniew Herbert (z’beeg-nyeff herr-behrt)

John Hersey (hearse-ey)

Hesiod (he-see-uhd)

Hermann Hesse (~hair-monn heh-seh)

Guy Hocquenghem (ghee ock-en-g’yem)

homo sacer, Agamben concept (Italian pronunciation: oh-moh satch-air)

Houston Street, Manhattan (house-ton)

Joris-Karl Huysmans (zhour-ris karl weese-moss)4

Bohumil Hrabal (boh-who-meal h’rah-ball)

Alfred Hrdlička (German pronunciation: ~hairt-litch-kah)


Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (angh)

Eugène Ionesco (Romanian pronunciation: ~yoh-ness-koh)

Luce Irigaray (loose ear-ee-garr-eh)


Roman Jakobson (jacob-son)

Jacques, Shakespeare character (jay-kwiss)

Erica Jong (zhong)

Seu Jorge (~sewe zhawzhe)1

Carl Jung (yoong)


Frigyes Karinthy (free-gesh car-inn-tee)

Keble College (keeble)

Kelis Rogers (kuh-leece)

Imre Kertész (imm-reh kare-tace)

John Maynard Keynes (kanes)

Omar Khayyam (high-yahm)

Krzysztof Kieślowski (krish-toff keesh-loff-skee)

Q'orianka/Xihuaru Kilcher (core-i-an-ka/see-wahr-oo)

Danilo Kiš (dann-eel-oh keesh)

Paul Klee (powell clay)

Stephen Cole Kleene (cleany)

Phil Klay (kligh)

Karl Ove Knausgård (Norwegian pronunciation: ~kahl oo-veh kuh-nauss-gahd)

Zoltán Kodály (zohwl-tahn koh-die)

Sarah Koenig (kay-nig)

Alexandre Kojève (koh-zhevv)

Tadeusz Konwicki (tah-de-yoosh konn-vitz-ski)

Jerzy Kosiński (yer-zhay koh-shin-ski)

Alexandre Koyré (kwah-ray)

Saul Kripke (crip-key)

Thomas Kuhn (coon)

Milan Kundera (Czech pronunciation: mill-ahn koon-der-uh)


Henri Lefebvre (luh-fevv-ruh)

Stanisław Lem (stan-ni-swaf lemm)

Jonathan Lethem (leeth-um)

Jared Leto (let -oh)

Primo Levi (leh-vee)

Marina Lewycka (leh-vitz-kah)

Mario Vargas Llosa (yoh-sah)

Peter Lorre (laura)

Jan Łukasiewicz (yann wu-kah-shey-vitch)


Magdalen College, Oxford/Cambridge (mawd-lin)

Mannes College of Music (mannis)

Quentin Matsys/Quinten Matsijs (Flemish pronunciation: kvinn-tin mott-sayse)

Somerset Maugham (mawm)

Kazimir Malevich (may-lay-vich)

Thomas Mann (toe-mahs mahn)

Don Marquis (mar-kwiss)

Olivier Messiaen (oh-leev-yay meh-syonh)

Joel Meyerowitz (my-yer-uh-wits)

Czesław Miłosz (chess-waff me-woahsh)

Joan Miró (zhwamn me-roh)

László Moholy-Nagy (~lass-low moh-holy noidge-eh)

Robert Moog (mogue)

George Mosse (mossy)

Sławomir Mrożek (swah-voh-meer m’roh-zhek)

Ron Mueck (myoo-ick)

Harry Mulisch (mool-ish)

Edvard Munch (ed-vart moonk)

Robert Musil (moo-zeal/moo-seal)

Eadweard Muybridge (edward my-bridge)


Nacogdoches, Texas (nack-uh-dough-chis)

Natchitoches, Louisiana (nack-uh-tush)

Otto Neurath (noi-raht)

Bill Nighy (nye)

Anaïs Nin (ah-nayh-ees ninn)

Emmy Noether (neur-tuh)

Cees Nooteboom (sayze note-uh-bome)

Lupita Nyong'o (~nnnnn yong-oh)


Obergefell v. Hodges (oh-burr-geh-fell)

Máirtín Ó Cadhain (marr-teen oh kai-un)

Adepero Oduye (add-uh-pair-oh oh-doo-yay)

Jenny Offill (oh-full)

Claes Oldenburg (kloss)

Michael Ondaatje (awn-datch-ee)

The River Ouse (ooze)

David Oyelowo (oh-yell-uh-whoah)


Chuck Palahniuk (paul-uh-nik)

Wolfgang Pauli (pow-lee)

Charles Sanders Peirce (purse)

Samuel Pepys (peeps)

Jodi Picoult (pee-coe)

Max Planck (plonk)

Plotinus (ploh-tine-us)

Anthony Powell (po-uhl)

John Cowper Powys (cooper poh-iss)

Principia Mathematica (prin-kipp-ee-yah)

Annie Proulx (proo)

Marcel Proust (proost)

Joseph Pulitzer (puh-litz-ur)


Qatar (cutter/gutter)5

Quinnipiac University (kwinn-uh-pea-ack)


Ayn Rand (well-fare recipient)

Sławomir Rawicz (swah-voh-meer rahh-vitch)

Satyajit Ray (Bengali pronunciation: ~shut-uh-jeet rye)

Steve Reich (raish)

Tom Regan (ray-gun)

ricercar (Italian pronunciation: ~reach-ur-car)

Rainer Maria Rilke (rhine-er mahr-ee-a reel-kuh)

Nicolas Roeg (rogue)

Theodore Roethke (ret-key)

Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen/Roentgen (vill-helm rhont-gn)

Klaus Roth (roath)

Mary Ruefle (roo-full)

Ed Ruscha (roo-shay)


Edward Said (sigh-eed)

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (sanh-eks-oo-pear-ee)

Luc Sante (sahnt)

Leonardo Sciascia (shah-shah)

Schlumberger (slumber-zhay)

Bruno Schulz (schooltz)

Martin Scorsese (score-sess-ee)

Henry Scrope, Shakespeare character (scroop)

W.G. Sebald (zay-bald)

Chloë Sevigny (sevv-un-ee)

Choire Sicha (corey seeka)

Charles Simić (Serbian pronunciation: simm-itch, but often called simmick)

Victor Sjöström (Swedish pronunciation: veek-torr hhhwhere-strome)

Theda Skocpol (scotch-pole)

Josef Škvorecký (yoh-zeff shkvore-etz-ski)

William Smellie (smiley)

Todd Solondz (suh-lawnz)

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (saul-zhuh-neat-sin)

Léon Spilliaert (Dutch pronunciation: lay-on spilly-art)

Strange, barony (strang)

Edward Steichen (shtike-inn)

William Stukeley (stoo-key)

Wisława Szymborska (vee-swa-va shim-bor-ska)


Gay Talese (tuh-leeze)

Chief Justice Roger Taney (tawny)

Nahum Tate (neigh-m)

Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans (chop-uh-too-luss)

Wayne Thiebaud (tee-bo)

Uwe Timm (ooh-veh)

Tzvetan Todorov (tsveh-tahn toh-duh-roff)

Colm Tóibín (~column toh-been)

Ernst Troeltsch (trolch)

Edward Tufte (tuff-tee)

Tulane University (too-lane)

Ivan Turgenev (yvonne turr-gain-yevv)

George W. S. Trow (like ’grow’)


Michel Houllebecq (he doesn’t care)

Joos van Cleve (yohss fon clay-vuh)

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (meez fonn der roh-uh)

Rogier van der Weyden (~ro-kheer fon dur vay-dun)

Arnoldus Vanderhorst, ultimate namesake of Luther (vandross)

Vincent van Gogh (Dutch pronunciation: ~finch-ant fan hawh)

Antonie van Leeuwenhoek (ahn-toe-nee fon lay-when-hook)

Rembrandt van Rijn (remm-brondt fon rain)

Ludvík Vaculík (lood-veek vatz-oo-leek)

Johannes Vermeer (yo-hann-iss furr-meer)

Jones Very (jonas veery)

Vladimir Voinovich (vlah-dee-meer voy-noh-vitch)

Ludwig von Mises (fonn meez-ess)

Georg Henrik von Wright (fon vrikt)


Ayelet Waldman (eye-yell-it)

Quvenzhané Wallis (kwuh-ven-zhuh-nay)

Robert Walser (valzer)

Jean-Antoine Watteau (French pronunciation: ~vah-teau)

Evelyn St. John Waugh (eve-linn sin-jun wahh)

Max Weber (veigh-burr)

Simone Weil (zee-moan veigh)

Elie Wiesel (eel-ee vee-zell)

Garry Winogrand (win-uh-grand)

Ludwig Wittgenstein (vitt-genn-shtein)

Pelham Grenville Wodehouse (wood-house)

David Wojnarowicz (voy-nah-roh-vitch)

Hermann Wouk (woke)

Woyzeck, Büchner play (voight-zikk)

Joseph Wright of Derby (right of dahr-bee)


William Butler Yeats (yates)

Yerkes Observatory (yer-keys)

Yoknapatawpha County, Faulkner setting (yolk-nuh-pah-taw-fa)


Robert Zajonc (zai-unts)

Slavoj Žižek (slah-voi zhee-zhek)

Andrzej Żuławski (ahn-drey zhu-wavv-ski)

1 Portuguese has a much more complicated phonetics than English & so these are especially approximate.

2 Because Giacometti was from the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland a kind of second order snobbishness has descended on the pronunciation of his name. Most people who would judge you pronounce it as you would in Italian (jah-coh-mett-ee) but an inner-inner circle insist on correcting even these people with the Swiss-Italian pronunciation listed here.

3 The pronunciation of the -ch as soft instead of hard, unlike every other instance in German, was contrived after the philosopher’s death to avoid a near-homophony with that language’s word for ‘fuck.’

4 The last syllable doesn’t have an English equivalent but rhymes with the French pronunciation of Jean’s.

5 The first letter (qaf/qof/ق) has no equivalent in English or any other Western language and is more glottal than either of the sounds starting these approximations.

More? Better phonetic versions?

Hey dolls! I have some more books to share with you all this summer! I’ve been seriously reading like crazy, & I’m certain these babies will be delish🍍
🥝A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay
🥝The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
🥝Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony by Jeff Ashton (remember my crush on him lol)
🥝Dig If You Will the Picture: Funk, Sex, God & Genius in the Music of Prince by Ben Greenman
🥝Moonglow by Michael Chabon
🥝Texas Death Row: Executions in the Modern Era by Bill Crawford
🥝The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones & People’s Temple by Jeff Guinn
🥝House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
🥝Man Crazy by Joyce Carol Oates
🥝The Silent Twins by Marjorie Wallace
🥝Sleeping with the Enemy by Nancy Price

Anyways, I hope you all are reading lots of great stuff & I’m always open to giving and receiving recommendations!! Message to me chat about books!!❤️🍎🌸🍦😘