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July 30th, 2009


08:54 am - Fifteen books that made me what I am

15 books that I’ve reread most often, have stuck with me the longest, and/or were formative of my person and worldview. For one author and one artist there isn’t any single work but more of their oeuvre. There aren’t a lot of recent additions. With so many other media choices as well as a fuller and busier personal life, I’m reading a lot less than I did when I was young.


Go, Dog. Go!
P. D. Eastman


Mother West Wind’s When Stories
Thornton W. Burgess


Winnie-the-Pooh
A. A. Milne


Charlotte’s Web
E. B. White


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Roald Dahl


Alice in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll


The Wizard of Oz
Frank Baum


The Egg and I
Betty McDonald


Edwin Mullhouse
by Steven Millhauser


the works of
S. J. Perelman


The Leatherman’s Handbook
Larry Townsend


Dancer from the Dance
Andrew Holleran



a, a novel, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol from A to B and Back Again, Exposures,
Index Book, Diaries
, and Sotheby’s catalogs
Andy Warhol


Tales of the City
Armistead Maupin


I’ve a Feeling We’re Not in Kansas Anymore
Ethan Mordden


Leather Blues
Jack Fritscher


All of the gay lit “classics” (Dancer, Tales, I’ve a Feeling) are now of a period, but I would still recommend them unequivocably to anybody. Ditto Edwin Mullhouse, a brilliant novel about childhood as well as a send-up of the “tortured artist” biography by the Pulitzer Prize-winning Millhauser.

What are yours? Any recommendations?


Tip o' the NYPL card to badfaggot.


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