I’m 34 today. If you have been wringing your hands about what to get me, or you forgot entirely, here’s what you can do:
Just read one of these books and then tell me later if you enjoyed it.
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain
The Angry Clam by Erik Quisling
Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Graid by Douglas Hofstadter (at least try the puzzles)
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate Dicamillo
The Doubtful Guest by Edward Gorey
Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
The Power of the Dog by Thomas Savage
The Acme Novelty Library by Chrise Ware
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl
This is Water by DAvid Foster Wallace
The Drowned and the Saved by Primo Levi
The Demon-Haunted World by Carl Sagan
The Butter Battle Book by Dr. Seuss
O Jerusalem! by Larry Collins and Dominique Lapiere
Pnin by Vladimir Nabokov
The Art of Expressing the Human Body by Bruce Lee.
Now, if you’ve already read them all just tell me which one you liked best.
I’ll be traveling and speaking over the next few days but I’ll be checking in occasionally to belittle you, beat you down, and tell you how wrong you are about your comments. Unless you’re right, of course.
Also, by reading this post you have committed to buy my book in 2013. I’m going to hold you to it.
Thanks as always, for being part of my life, which, judging by the candles, has been going on for some time now.