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The books I read from January 1 2012-May 1 2012. Organized by author.
Psycho by Robert Bloch (1959) Lucky at Cards by Lawrence Block (1964) Monsieur Pain by Roberto Bolaño (1999) Factotum by Charles Bukowski (1975) The Soft Machine by William S. Burroughs (1961) Queer by William S. Burroughs (1985) The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain (1934) Serenade by James M. Cain (1937) More by Austin Clarke (2008) Beautiful Losers by Leonard Cohen (1966) Cosmopolis by Don DeLillo (2003) Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1920) “Master Harold”…and the Boys by Athol Fugard (1982) The Great Leader by Jim Harrison (2011) The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (1850) Demian by Herman Hesse (1919) The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (1959) The Shining by Stephen King (1977) The Stand: Complete and Uncut Edition by Stephen King (1978/1990) Dolores Claiborne by Stephen King (1992) Bag of Bones by Stephen King (1998) The Smile at the Foot of the Ladder by Henry Miller (1948) Quiet Days in Clichy by Henry Miller (1956) House Made of Dawn by N. Scott Momaday (1968) My Place by Sally Morgan (1987) Houseboy by Ferdinand Oyono (1956) The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (1963) Trap Lines by Eden Robinson (1996) Conversations with Scorsese by Richard Schickel (2011) Critical Theory Today: A User-Friendly Guide by Lois Tyson (2006) All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren (1946) 361 by Donald E. Westlake (1962)
"There are little bars filled almost exclusively with whores, pimps, thugs and gamblers, which, no matter if you pass them up a thousand times, finally suck you in and claim you as a victim. There are hotels in the side streets leading off the boulevard whose ugliness is so sinister that you shudder at the thought of entering them, and yet it is inevitable that you will one day pass a night, perhaps a week or a month, in one of them. You may even become so attached to the place as to find one day that your whole life has been transformed and that what you once regarded as sordid, squalid, miserable, has now become charming, tender, beautiful."
"To be a clown was to be fate’s pawn. The life in the arena was a dumb show consisting of falls, slaps, kicks—an endless shuffling and booting about. And it was by means of this disgraceful rigolade that one found favor with the public. The beloved clown! It was his special privilege to reenact the errors, the follies, the stupidities, all the misunderstandings which plague human kind."
— Henry Miller, The Smile at the Foot of the Ladder
"We sat on deck watching the sinking sun. It was one of those Biblical sunsets in which man is completely absent. Nature simply opens her bloody, insatiable maw and swallows everything in sight. Law, order, morality, justice, wisdom, any abstraction seems like a cruel joke perpetrated on a helpless world of idiots. Sunset at sea is for me a dread spectacle: it is hideous, murderous, soulless. The earth may be cruel but the sea is heartless. There is absolutely no place of refuge; there are only the elements and the elements are treacherous."
The books I’ve completed this semester/winter break, ranked in order by personal preference. I’ll update it as I go along…
Moby-Dick or, The Whale by Herman Melville (1851) Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller (1934) Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs (1959) Tropic of Capricorn by Henry Miller (1938) The Love of the Last Tycoon by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1941) Underworld by Don DeLillo (1997) Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges (1962) On Writing by Stephen King (2000) Song of the Silent Snow by Hubert Selby Jr. (1986) Men Without Women by Ernest Hemingway (1927) The Colossus of Maroussi by Henry Miller (1941) As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner (1930) In Our Time by Ernest Hemingway (1925) One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey (1962) Hollywood by Charles Bukowski (1989) Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life by Herman Melville (1846) Junky by William S. Burroughs (1953) The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway (1952) Surfacing by Margaret Atwood (1972) The Time Machine by H.G. Wells (1895) Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami (1987) Different Seasons by Stephen King (1982) The Covenant by Irving Layton (1977) Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (1953) The Willow Tree by Hubert Selby Jr. (1998) Fierce Departures by Dionne Brand (2009) ‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King (1975) The Rez Sisters by Tomson Highway (1988) Mysterious Skin by Scott Heim (1996)