I’m still curious where this is headed-

Not that I get much in the way of comments but the list of books so far this year is up to 60. That the two most recent were by Dylan Thomas and Bob Dylan is an interesting coincidence. Well, maybe for me it is.

(not in order read)
The Breast(Philip Roth)
Venus On The Half-Shell(Kilgore Trout)
The Liberation of Lord Byron Jones(Jesse Hill Ford)
Slaughterhouse-Five, Cat’s Cradle(Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.)
Rhythm-A-Ning(Gary Giddins)
Long Time Coming And A Long Time Gone, Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up To Me(Richard Farina)
The Last Picture Show(Larry McMurtry)
Less Than Zero(Bret Easton Ellis)
Queer, Naked Lunch(William S. Burroughs)
Herovit’s World, The Sodom And Gomorrah Business(Barry N. Malzberg)
The Birth Of The Beat Generation(Steven Watson)
The Rolling Stone Book Of The Beats(various)
The Dharma Bums, Big Sur, Pomes All Sizes, Book Of Blues, On The Road, Maggie Cassidy, Satori In Paris(Jack Kerouac)
Planet News, Allen Verbatim, Howl and Other Poems(Allen Ginsberg)
Willard And His Bowling Trophies, Trout Fishing In America, Loading Mercury With A Pitchfork, The Hawkline Monster:A Gothic Western(Richard Brautigan)
The Armies Of The Night(Norman Mailer)
The Strawberry Statement:Notes Of A College Revolutionary(James Simon Kunen)
Revolution For The Hell Of It, Woodstock Nation, Soon To Be A Major Motion Picture(Abbie Hoffman)
Trial(Tom Hayden)
Soul On Ice(Eldridge Cleaver)
The Lords And The New Creatures, Wilderness:The Lost Writings Vol. 1, The American Night: Writings Vol. 2(Jim Morrison)
In His Own Write, A Spaniard In The Works(John Lennon)
Sex Drugs Rock & Roll(Eric Bogosian)
The Da Vinci Code – Special Illustrated Edition(Dan Brown)
Slouching Toward Bethlehem, The White Album(Joan Didion)
The Medium Is The Massage(Marshall McLuhan)
Brave New World, Brave New World Revisited(Aldous Huxley)
We Are The People Our Parents Warned Us Against(Nicholas Von Hoffman)
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, From Bauhaus To Our House, The Painted Word(Tom Wolfe)
Really The Blues (Mezz Mezzrow)
The Pedant and the Shuffly(John Bellairs)
The Portable Beat Reader(ed. Ann Charters)
The Dead Lecturer, Black Magic: Poetry 1961-1967(LeRoi Jones)
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog (Dylan Thomas)
Tarantula(Bob Dylan)


About Marcus

Who me? Introverted, neurotic, self-absorbed, increasingly cynical observer of human nature and part time social critic in hiding. Most of my life spent avoiding growing up. The naive idealistic passions of youth have evolved into the eclectic eccentricities of adulthood. Northeast Florida small-town native, related to people I can't relate to. Simultaneously my own best friend and worst enemy. Politically and spiritually unaffiliated, my personal ideologies put me all over the map or off it completely.
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4 Responses to I’m still curious where this is headed-

  1. itchyglow says:

    The Breast
    (found your journal through one of the book communities)
    what did you think of The Breast? I also read that within the past year. I thought it was a fun slice of Roth, even if not one of his most, um, titillating works.

    • marcsuttle says:

      Re: The Breast
      As the only Roth I’ve read, I liked it and ending up reading it twice since it is rather short. The reason I picked it up was the mention it was given in Stephen King’s early ’80s treatise on horror, “Danse Macabre”. Focusing on movies, TV and print, King included several appendices listing representative examples of each medium. Though not as fond of horror/fantasy as I once was, the list is still of interest and contains varied works by Pynchon, Jerzy Kozinski, Edward Gorey and Joyce Carol Oates.

  2. ikahana says:

    About half of those we have some place in the house, and a few of them I’ve actually gotten around to reading although most of them have been on the “next week” list for a decade or two.
    I’ve never read Joan Didion, which I hear is something I should never confess or at the very least I should correct ASAP.
    I”ve long wanted to correct the fact that I’ve only read two, or maybe it is three, Vonnegut books in my life – and especially in the last year I’ve been wanting to read everything he has ever read since I’ve been enjoying editorial type articles he has been doing for “In These Times” – and how strange that the two you mentioned are the two I’ve read.
    I remember reading and loving “Less Than Zero” when it first appeared. I wonder if I would still like it, now that I’ve decided I hate everything 80’s. Of course, maybe that would make me like it even more now.
    This next year is going to be the year I read at least one book a week.

    • marcsuttle says:

      I read “Less Than Zero” worried that the experience would be ruined by my memory of the movie version I found so fascinating but it worked out.
      I was still holding tight to the ’70s all thru the ’80s and am only now more at ease with culture of that period. The memory of Reagan on the other hand…

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