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My Favorite Books

Here they are, fiction and non-fiction alike. Books that I just plain love, many of them for reasons I probably can’t explain that well.  I’ll be adding to this list constantly.

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

To me, Confederacy is what most people’s Bibles are to them. I can open to any page, at any time, and find something that cheers me up.

A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again by David Foster Wallace

Wallace was smart enough to write a book about infinity, but he was at his best when over-analyzing things like the horror of a pleasure cruise.

Blood Meridian: Or, The Evening Redness In The West by Cormac McCarthy

Indescribable. The Judge is both my favorite and least favorite character in all of literature.

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

Hilarious, sad, there’s no better example of just how fun and futile language can be.

Invitation To A Beheading by Vladimir Nabokov

Come and learn about “gnostic turpitude,” the crime which our very confused hero is accused of.

The Angry Clam by Erik Quisling (Read My Review)

Under The Black Flag: The Romance And The Reality Of Life Among The Pirates by David Cordingly

Don’t learn about pirates from those Johnny Depp movies. The reality wasn’t quite as fun.