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Reading List (in no particular order)(a work in progress) ------- Bob Hicok "plus shipping" I'm not sure I can explain how fucking brilliant he is. Parts of this book make me cry. Parts of it make me want to call people up and read to them over the phone. I feel the compulsion to read outloud to myself.
Tomaz Salamun, anything, it's all kind of hard to find in translation.
F. Scott Fitzgerald, "The Last Tycoon", "Tender is the Night"
Henry Miller, "Tropic of Capricorn", "Tropic of Cancer", "The Airconditioned Nightmare" H. Miller helped shape my idea of what men were supposed to be, which may be kind of scary. He has a remarkably intelligent way of dealing with both sex and american culture.
Anais Nin, "Henry and June", "Fire" Try reading either of these in conjunction with H. Miller's tropics books, they were lovers at the time. Nin and Henry's wife June may have also been lovers depending on whose story you believe.
Audre Lorde, "Sister Outsider" bell hooks, "Ain't I a Woman" Both of these deal with the conflicts between the classic women's movement and the African American Civil Rights movement. This is important, I swear.
Micheal Ondaatje, "Cinammon Peeler's Wife" this is some of the best poetry I've ever read. He's got a sense of humor, a sense of rythm, a sense of history, "Running in the Family" stories about his family on a tea plantation in Sri Lanka.
Pat Califia, "Public Sex" an intelligent discourse on socially unacceptable behaviour and sex, "Doc and Fluff" scary BDSM lesbian futuristic scifi porn. Heh.
JG Ballard, "Empire of the Sun", "Atrocity Exhibition", "Running Wild", "High Rise", "The Kindness of Women" I'm not sure I can explain how important he is. There are some really important things about modern society here, if you look at all. The prose is beautiful as well. "Empire of the Sun" and "The Kindness of Women" are the two halves of his autobiography.
Charles Bukowski, any
Rabih Alameddine, "Koolaids: The Art of War" This is simultaneously about the destruction of Lebanon by Syria and Isreal, and living in the US with AIDS in the 80's. Go read it just because that juxtapostion makes no sense to you.
Kenneth Rexroth, any collection of poetry Kenneth Patchen, any collection of poetry Both of these are things I read as a child, they're permanently part of my understanding of the world
Theodore Roethke, any collection, "Straw for the Fire" This is another one I grew up reading. You've probably read "Papa's Waltz" in school. It's good, but there's much better out there by him.
Marquis De Sade, "Juliet", Justine is overdone morality, and 120 days of sodom is just repetitive