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
A. A. Milne
E. B. White
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Alice in Wonderland
The Wizard of Oz
The Egg and I
by Steven Millhauser
the works of
S. J. Perelman
The Leatherman’s Handbook
Dancer from the Dance
a, a novel, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol from A to B and Back Again, Exposures,
Index Book, Diaries, and Sotheby’s catalogs
Tales of the City
I’ve a Feeling We’re Not in Kansas Anymore
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.