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30 December 2009 @ 01:38 pm
giving up the punctuation  
So the gist is this: Don't take too long to think about it. Fifteen books that will always stick with you. First 15 you can recall in no more than 15 minutes.

1. The Lord of the Rings     the number of times I've read this is shameful
2. The glossy covered creamy papered Edgar Allan Poe collection I read when I drove to North Carolina with my family in 7th grade    killing the cat was pretty disturbing then
3. Lolita   motel names
4. Happy Times in Norway Sigrid Undset       cuz I was raised to think the blonde haired blue-eyed nature-loving Norwegians were the superior race...and Germans were assholes
5. Catcher In the Rye    I'm just one of those goddammed people    pretty treacly these days but I can't say the large imprint it made at the time can ever fade
6. Up in the Old Hotel and Other Stories   Joseph Mitchell   best journalism/end of the world kind of nostalgia/NY book which also does more than due diligence on Staten Island
7. Tale of Two Cities   I cried hard.
8. Nick Adams Stories    still want to fish like that
9. Gravity's Rainbow     thought it was cool as shit...total intellectual genius when I first read it. Still think that but am  more open to bloated turgid hugeness incoherent indulgent accusations
10. 60 Stories  Don Barthelme       postmodern as you can get with the minimum amount of pretentiousness and most fun
11. in a scanner darkly    philip k. dick   really good tricks, best depiction of drugs,  paranoia
12. war & peace      big enough to get lost in
13. Lanark      Alisdair Gray      I really like to get lost  and I like organized labor
14. Winesburg, Ohio        I like to pretend I grew up in small-town America in my mind (not being redundant)
15. The Big Sleep      been on a Chandler kick lately but odds are it'll stick subgroup of my detective story kick and Chandler is tops     I guess this one's my favorite of his novels

A little more careful than the first fifteen but halfway there
naoskopinaoskopi on December 30th, 2009 10:46 pm (UTC)
your list is much more impressively diverse than mine
bootsinrain on January 2nd, 2010 08:10 am (UTC)
actually, i'm kind of bothered that it's only fiction

maybe i'll give a look at the annals of imperial rome
Jamespseudo1 on January 2nd, 2010 03:37 am (UTC)
Woah a post! My LJ friends' page has been a tumbleweed fest for months now.
I find it kinda neat that despite the fact that you've read hundreds if not thousands more books than I've ever read or will read I know a solid handful of these books. I guess I'm not missing much! I like your little write-ups of the books, they pack an informative and personalized punch.
I would never feel certain enough in my choices to be able to make a list of my own but I'd definitely include Lolita and Up In The Old Hotel on my theoretical.
bootsinrain on January 2nd, 2010 08:12 am (UTC)
I know! I know! Maybe your lonesome fortitude is part of why I eventually did post again. Let's hope it's not the last.

You can make a list. It's only supposed to be books that you're sure will stick in your head. I fudged it a little.