Monday, January 11, 2016

R.I.P. David Bowie (1945-2016): Bowie's Top 100 Books

As many of you may have heard, pop/rock icon David Bowie (seen at right in a poster for America's libraries to encourage reading) died yesterday of cancer at the age of 69. Here's a list of Bowie's favorite books. It first appeared on his own Facebook page in 2013. We discovered it on the Electric Lit web site. The list is as varied as David Bowie's career and life. 

David Bowie’s Top 100 Books
Interviews With Francis Bacon by David Sylvester
Billy Liar by Keith Waterhouse
Room At The Top by John Braine
On Having No Head by Douglass Harding
Kafka Was The Rage by Anatole Broyard
A Clockwork Orange
 by Anthony Burgess
City Of Night
 by John Rechy
The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar
 Wao by Junot Diaz
Madame Bovary
 by Gustave Flaubert
 by Homer
As I Lay Dying
 by William Faulkner
Tadanori Yokoo
 by Tadanori Yokoo
Berlin Alexanderplatz
 by Alfred Döblin
Inside The Whale And Other Essays
 by George Orwell
Mr. Norris Changes Trains
 by Christopher Isherwood
Halls Dictionary Of Subjects And Symbols In Art
 by James A. Hall
David Bomberg
 by Richard Cork
 by Wyndham Lewis
 by Nella Larson
Beyond The Brillo Box
 by Arthur C. Danto
The Origin Of Consciousness In The Breakdown Of The Bicameral Mind
 by Julian Jaynes
In Bluebeard’s Castle
 by George Steiner
 by Peter Ackroyd
The Divided Self
 by R. D. Laing
The Stranger
 by Albert Camus
Infants Of The Spring
 by Wallace Thurman
The Quest For Christa T
 by Christa Wolf
The Songlines
 by Bruce Chatwin
Nights At The Circus
 by Angela Carter
The Master And Margarita
 by Mikhail Bulgakov
The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie
 by Muriel Spark
 by Vladimir Nabokov
 by Saul Bellow
 by Spike Milligan
Black Boy
 by Richard Wright
The Great Gatsby
 by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With The Sea
 by Yukio Mishima
Darkness At Noon
 by Arthur Koestler
The Waste Land
 by T.S. Elliot
 by Frank Norris
 by Martin Amis
The Outsider
 by Colin Wilson
Strange People
 by Frank Edwards
English Journey
 by J.B. Priestley
A Confederacy Of Dunces
 by John Kennedy Toole
The Day Of The Locust
 by Nathanael West
 by George Orwell
The Life And Times Of Little Richard
 by Charles White
Awopbopaloobop Alopbamboom: The Golden Age of Rock
 by Nik Cohn
Mystery Train
 by Greil Marcus
 (comic, ’50s)
 (comic, ’80s)
White Noise
 by Don DeLillo
Sweet Soul Music: Rhythm And Blues And The Southern Dream Of Freedom
 by Peter Guralnick
Silence: Lectures And Writing
 by John Cage
Writers At Work: The Paris Review Interviews
 edited by Malcolm Cowley
The Sound Of The City: The Rise Of Rock And Roll
 by Charlie Gillete
Octobriana And The Russian Underground
 by Peter Sadecky
The Street
 by Ann Petry
Wonder Boys
 by Michael Chabon
Last Exit To Brooklyn
 By Hubert Selby, Jr.
A People’s History Of The United States
 by Howard Zinn
The Age Of American Unreason
 by Susan Jacoby
Metropolitan Life
 by Fran Lebowitz
The Coast Of Utopia
 by Tom Stoppard
The Bridge
 by Hart Crane
All The Emperor’s Horses
 by David Kidd
 by Sarah Waters
Earthly Powers
 by Anthony Burgess
The 42nd Parallel
 by John Dos Passos
Tales Of Beatnik Glory
 by Ed Saunders
The Bird Artist
 by Howard Norman
Nowhere To Run The Story Of Soul Music
 by Gerri Hirshey
Before The Deluge
 by Otto Friedrich
Sexual Personae: Art And Decadence From Nefertiti To Emily Dickinson
 by Camille Paglia
The American Way Of Death
 by Jessica Mitford
In Cold Blood
 by Truman Capote
Lady Chatterly’s Lover
 by D.H. Lawrence
 by Jon Savage
Vile Bodies
 by Evelyn Waugh
The Hidden Persuaders
 by Vance Packard
The Fire Next Time
 by James Baldwin
 (comic, early ’80s)
Private Eye
 (satirical magazine, ’60s – ’80s)
Selected Poems
 by Frank O’Hara
The Trial Of Henry Kissinger
 by Christopher Hitchens
Flaubert’s Parrot
 by Julian Barnes
 by Comte de Lautréamont
On The Road
 by Jack Kerouac
Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonders
 by Lawrence Weschler
 by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Transcendental Magic, Its Doctine and Ritual
 by Eliphas Lévi
The Gnostic Gospels
 by Elaine Pagels
The Leopard
 by Giusseppe Di Lampedusa
 by Dante Alighieri
A Grave For A Dolphin
 by Alberto Denti di Pirajno
The Insult
 by Rupert Thomson
In Between The Sheets
 by Ian McEwan
A People’s Tragedy
 by Orlando Figes
Journey Into The Whirlwind
 by Eugenia Ginzburg