8.21.2002

The days are painful, and the nights are tragic.

Also, I should archive some postings sometime.

8.18.2002

I have to say, I might like to remove 'The Catcher in the Rye' from my list. I'd like to be able to say:

"I've never read it, and I don't intend to."

Every night about 11 o'clock.

I feel like ripping my heart out.

Well, the comment service looks like it's dead. :(

8.05.2002

What other books to add to the list? I have a few thoughts, let me know what you think.

From other lists come another 20 ideas:

Waiting for Godot - Samuel Beckett
Death Comes for the Archbishop - Willa Cather
Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison
Sound and the Fury - William Faulkner
Catch-22 - Joseph Heller
Passage to India - E. M. Forster
Magic Mountain - Thomas Mann
100 Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
Remembrance of Things Past - Marcel Proust
Catcher in the Rye - J. D. Salinger
Henderson The Rain King - Saul Bellow
Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
In Cold Blood - Truman Capote
The Civil War - Shelby Foote
Portnoy's Complaint - Philip Roth
The Age Of Innocence - Edith Wharton
The Magnificent Ambersons - Booth Tarkington
Absalom, Absalom! - William Faulkner

I include a second Faulkner; I once heard Norman Mailer say he'd never read Absalom, Absalom. Hence, I must perforce include it.

As for earlier works I'm considering:

Moby Dick - Melville
Middlemarch - Eliot
Faust - Gothe
The Prince - Machiavelli
Tom Jones - Fielding
Candide - Voltaire
Great Expectations - Dickens
Vanity Fair - Thackery
Eugene Onegin - Pushkin
The Picture of Dorian Gray - Wilde
Don Quixote - Cervantes

Skipping the chatter, and to the point. After finding Bookslut the other day, I've decided to give myself a "100 Best" booklist to read from.

Some differences: Only books I haven't read; Not limited to the 20th century; Nor to English as the Modern Library list.

There are also some books which are simply out of the question for my purposes. I will not be reading Huxley or Rand, I will not be reading the Bible, Quran, Torah, B. Gita, or the Analects of Confucius. Nor War and Peace... just not going to... that's all there is to it.

I also have no requirement that they be novels, or even fiction. Just well regarded and previously unread (or unfinished).

So I give you my list thus far:

These first books I actually own, and have simply not read. Hopefully this little project will remedy that.

Crime and Punishment - Dostoyevsky
Winter of Our Discontent - Steinbeck
The Decameron - Boccacio
Confessions - Rousseau
A Confederacy of Dunces - Toole
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenence - Pirsig
Dubliners - Joyce
For Whom the Bell Tolls - Hemingway
Anna Karenina - Tolstoy
Wuthering Heights - E. Brontë

So that makes 10 must-read books... so I just need 90 more :) Any suggestions added in comment are appreciated, of course.