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.
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.