Saturday, August 06, 2005

Continuing my descent into publishing lists instead of my usual half-baked Peggy Hill-ish musings, here's 50 books I'd carry with me to the proverbial desert island (you know the one, with the monkey butlers and coconut-powered electricity?).

A Death In the Family (Agee)
A Feast Of Snakes (Crews)
A Theory of Justice (Rawls)
Absolam! Absolam! (Faulkner)
As I Lay Dying (Faulkner)
Being and Nothingness (Sartre)
Being And Time (Heidegger)
Bleak House (Dickens)
Blood Meridian (McCarthy)
Collected Poems (James Wright)
Collected Writings (Paine)
Critical Path (Buckminster Fuller)
Cryptonomicon (Stephenson)
Democracy and Education (Dewey)
Gravity's Rainbow (Pynchon)
Gulliver's Travels (Swift)
Heart of Darkness (Conrad)
I And Thou (Buber)
If On A Winter's Night A Traveler (Calvino)
Invisible Man (Ellison)
Labyrinths (Borges)
Leaves of Grass (Whitman)
Life On the Mississippi (Mark Twain)
Malloy, Malone Dies, & The Unnameable (Beckett)
Moby Dick (Melville)
My Bondage and My Freedom (Douglass)
On Being Blue (Gass)
Pale Fire (Nabokov)
Renaissance and Renascences in Western Art (Panofsky)
The Affluent Society (Galbraith)
The American Language (Mencken)
The Big Sleep (Chandler)
The Chuang Tzu (Burton, trans.)
The Crying of Lot 49 (Pynchon)
The Devil's Larder (Crace)
The Dream Songs (Berryman)
The Golden Bough (Frazer)
The Idiot (Dostoevsky)
The Making of the English Working Class (Thompson)
The Man In the High Castle (Dick)
The Moviegoer (Percy)
The Plague (Camus)
The Populist Moment (Goodwyn)
The Strange Career of Jim Crow (Woodward)
Their Eyes Were Watching God (Hurston)
Tractatus Logico Philosophicus (Wittgenstein)
Ulysses (Joyce)
Watchmen (Moore)
Ways of Seeing (Berger)
Wise Blood (O'Connor)


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