10 things you may have read and should reread
- The Waves by Virginia Woolf
- Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky
- Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
- Light in August by William Faulkner
- "Good Country People" by Flannery O'Connor
- On Photography by Susan Sontag
- Let us Now Praise Famous Men by James Agee
- Collected Stories by Jorge Luis Borges
- White Noise by Don DeLillo
- Frederick by Leo Lionni
Quite simply my favorite novel ever. Experimental, touching, and completely inimitible. A work of artistic perfection.
The first novel that I know of that I would describe as a 'modern' novel. Strangely structured, contradictory, and leaves one with more questions than answers.
The 'first' European novel may be the best, and almost certainly is the funniest. Not in a Shakespeare ha-ha-I-understand-the-pun-he's-making way, but in a look-like-you're-crazy-laughing-aloud-in-public way.
The best American writer of the 20th century, hands-down. And never let anyone tell you any different.
I could just have easily said "The Artificial Nigger," or "A Good Man is Hard to Find," or just told you to read everything she ever published like I have, because it's all great.
Everything criticism should be and rarely is: lucid, deep, surprising. You will look at the modern world differently having read this.
Agee's baroque, poetic prose humanizes the overlooked Depression-era tenant farmers he is reporting on even more effectively than the beautiful and famous photographs by Walker Evans in the book.
What can one say? I think he will be looked back on in 300 years as one of the 2 or 3 most important writers of the 20th century.
At first glance it seems dark and apocalyptic, but on a second read, it really stands out as incredibly funny. Seems as if it were written yesterday, even though it's from the mid-1980s.
This is my favorite picture book, and it will teach your children and remind yourself that art is important!
AND DON'T FORGET Italo Calvino, Jose Saramago, Thomas Frank, Gertrude Stein, W.G. Sebald, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, The Onion, Imre Kertesz, Gustave Flaubert, Samuel Beckett, and anyone who ever wrote anything in 19th-century Russia!!