reading list

A Question of Power, Bessie Head
Madness and Civilization, Michel Foucault
From Modernism to Postmodernism: An Anthology, ed. Lawrence Cahoone
Being and Nothingness, Jean-Paul Sartre
Les Enfantes Terribles, Jean Cocteau
Story of the Eye, Georges Bataille
Ariel, Sylvia Plath
O Taste and See, Denise Levertov
“Seeing,” Annie Dillard
Rilke’s Book of Hours
Junglee Girl, Ginu Kamani
The Foreign Legion, Clarice Lispector
The Encyclopedia of the Dead, Danilo Kis
Let us Now Praise Famous Men, James Agee and Walker Evans
Macbeth, Shakespeare
The Selected Poems of Federico Garcia Lorca
As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner
Light in August, William Faulkner
All the Pretty Horses Cormac McCarthy
The Metamorphoses, Ovid
The Rise of the Novel, Ian Watt
The Physiology of Taste, Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

None of these are for classes. I am going to be a very well-read dropout.


~ by Not Alice on March 1, 2007.

5 Responses to “reading list”

  1. Of your list, I’ve read some of Rilke (he’s one of my favorite poets), Macbeth (of course), and As I Lay Dying.

    I’m feeling very under-read at the moment…

  2. That’s a pretty serious list. If you make it through all of those without going into deep depression, I’ll be impressed. Good luck!

  3. See, I’m already in a deep depression, so I have no fear about pushing myself into one!

    I’m being facetious, a little. But you’re right — it’s very serious, and it probably will make my head feel like exploding most of the time. Can you recommend any antidotes?

  4. I’m afraid I’ve grown out of Stephen King novels, as fun as those are, and now I read scientific drivel by Richard Dawkins (it’s actually not drivel), Kafka novels, though he’s almost as depressing as Sartre…well anyways…my reading list is so eclectic that I’m embarrassed to tell you everything I read. The last book that really inspired me was Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead. I’ll leave it at that. Cheers.

  5. Oh, I adore Kafka — I was just reading some of his short stories the other night. He’s wonderful, always. Have you read his letter to his father? V. powerful, though it does tempt a body to get all psychoanalytic on his work.

    The Fountainhead — I shall write that down. I don’t know Richard Dawkins, but I do sometimes enjoy scientific books, drivel and otherwise, so I’ll add him to my list as well.

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