If you mean what you say, Coke Talk should have a companion reading list. What books do you read? Tell us your favorites already!
Okay. Here are some of my favorite books in no particular order:
Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens
The first book I ever read.
Matilda, Roald Dahl
The second book I ever read. J.K Rowling can’t hold a candle to Roald Dahl’s magic.
A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole
It’s a shame Toole checked out early. I would have loved to read his third novel.
A Moveable Feast, Earnest Hemingway
People who think nothing happens in A Moveable Feast totally miss the fucking point. If we could all make nothing happen so beautifully, the world would be a better place.
The Road to Los Angeles, John Fante
I’m a sucker for all of Arturo Bandini’s adventures, but this one is my favorite.
Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
Veronika Decides to Die, Paulo Cuehlo
Sure, I love The Alchemist too, but I consider it one of his lesser works.
Play It as It Lays, Joan Didion
Ventilated yet dense, Joan Didion will always have a special place in my heart.
Lithium for Medea, Kate Braverman
Women, Charles Bukowski
Oh, Chinaski. I fucking love you.
The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera
I’ve read this dozens of times, and with each turn I always find something new.
American Psycho, Brett Easton Ellis
Brett Easton Ellis is the Tom Ford of modern literature.
The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand
I give Rand a ton of shit, but Howard Roark is an important character.
The Idiot, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
It took me a while to read this one, but every hour was worth it.
Le Petit Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
It’s technically a novella, but whatever. I love this little book.
The Great Shark Hunt, Hunter S. Thompson
Gonzo is a way of life.
A People’s History of the United States, Howard Zinn
This ten pounder taught me more than every American history class combined.
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
Californication made a noble attempt in season two, but I’m still waiting for this to be made into a movie that doesn’t totally fucking suck.
The Art of War, Sun Tzu
You want me to sum up Sun Tzu in a single word? Strategery.
Cat’s Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut
I practice boku-maru regularly.
Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
I LOVE THIS BITCH SO MUCH.
Part of what makes Skins feel so authentic (when it succeeds) is, obviously, the one-character episode format. We see them not only in their private lives but we see them literally alone. No other show spends that much time alone with kids in their rooms — the part we don’t even see of our friends’ lives — of anyone’s lives. We see, sometimes excessively, how they feel about sex — Mini trying the positions she sees in magazines to be ready for her first time with Nick, Sid jerking off to shitty magazines or a picture of Michelle or Alo with his multi-screen porn-viewing set-up. We see their crazy families and the things they don’t tell their friends — like there’s so much on both ends when you’re a teenager, so much family to hide from your friends and so much friends to hide from your family and so much heart and sex to hide from everyone.
And then we see them in the context of everyone else’s world, and it’s really hard to dislike a person once you know where they’re coming from.” —http://www.autostraddle.com/franky-likes-people-a-pansexual-ending-to-a-very-queer-week-80412/ (via likefirehellfire)