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I Contain Multitudes: Part II

Now that I know everyone’s top ten albums, what about books?
If I was packing and could only bring ten books, I’d pick the following…wrapped in sheets of poems numerous as styrofoam peanuts, of course… (Rilke! Rumi! Sexton! Whitman! the Beats!)
And if I contradict myself…well, you know what Walt says….
1.  Catcher in the Rye  -Salinger
2.  Nightwood  -Djuna Barnes
3. When Kafka Was the Rage  -Anatole Broyard
4. When I Was Five I Killed Myself -Howard Buten
5. Echo -Francesca Lia Block (runner-ups:  Weetzie Bat and I Was A Teenage Fairy)
6.  Narcissus and Goldmund -Herman Hesse
7. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory -Roald Dahl
8. The Bell Jar -Sylvia Plath
9. The Power of Now -Eckart Tolle
10. A blank notebook to write my own, even if it doesn’t read as good later
(my apologies to all those great books I can’t fit here or am forgetting…I feel like I’m trying to remember my list of ‘thank you’s at the Oscars the the exit music is playing……)

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posted April 21, 2008 at 12:49 pm

Off the top of my head. I have to say this feels like Sophie’s Choice:
1. Middlemarch – George Eliot
2. War & Peace – Tolstoy – Volohonsky & Pevear translation
3. (cheating) Remembrance of Things Past the whole GD thing.
4. Cousin Bette – Honore de Balzac
5. The Stories of Isaac Babel – Peter Constantine’s translation.
5. Enormous Changes at the Last Minute – Grace Paley
6. Women in Love – D.H. Lawrence
7. The Idiot – Dostoevsky – Volohonsky & Pevear translation.
8. Portrait of A Lady – Henry James
9. Collected plays of Samuel Beckett
10. Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf
Sorry for being so old fashioned – I do read contemporary literature – but I thought I’d go with my gut thoughts …. already I’m apologizing to Thomas Hardy, Herman Melville, Thornton Wilder and The Brothers of Karamozov in my mind.

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posted April 26, 2008 at 10:31 pm

oh! also
“The Garden of Eden”
by Hemingway….
read it?

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posted April 28, 2008 at 12:12 pm

Yep! One of Hemingway’s only kind of nice to ladies books.

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