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Here are a few informative, moving and delightful little reads for your pleasure. Note: this library does not contain every book ever published, movie made, comic created, poem penned, essay written, etc., etc., so deal with it. These are some of our favorites. Basically, stuff we love and think you might love too. We do take suggestions provided they are accompanied by a refreshing libation or two.

Film:

 Amelie dir. Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Enter the Void dir. Gaspar Noe

Watchmen dir. Zack Snyder

Motorcycle Diaries dir. Walter Salles

Moliere dir. Laurent Tirard

Il Postino dir. Michael Radford

Goodfellas dir. Martin Scorsese

Black Mama, White Mama dir.Eddie Romero

Poetry:

Motherfucking Beowulf, man!

“Thanksgiving Day Prayer” by William S. Burroughs

Poetry as Insurgent Art by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

The Cantos by Ezra Pound

Odes to Common Things by Pablo Neruda

Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

“Dolce Et Decorum Est” by Wilfred Owen, The Collected Works of Wilfred Owen

Les Fleurs du Mal by Charles Baudelaire and also read “Be Drunk” both as a poem and a mantra.

Poets to check out:

Wallace Stevens Collected Works

William Carlos Williams Collected Works and Paterson

Arthur Rimbaud Collected Works

Too many poets to list. Read all poetry

Plays:

The Importance of Being Ernest by Oscar Wilde

The Emperor Jones by Eugene O’Neill

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams

Six Characters in Search of an Author by Luigi Pirandello

Lysistrata by Aristophanes

W;t by Margaret Edson

Streamers by David Rabe

Angels in America by Tony Kushner

Bill Shakespeare’s work is pretty good too.

Fiction:

Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller

Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut

Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

Candide by Voltaire

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

“The Story of an Hour” & “The Awakening” by Kate Chopin

Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Márquez

“Kaleidoscope” & “Dandelion Wine” & The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury’

Basically, go out and read as much Ray Bradbury and Raymond Carver as possible.

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Leguin

The End of Mr. Y by Scarlett Thomas

“Bliss” by Katherine Mansfield, actually get your mitts on everything by Katherine Mansfield.

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

Anton-freaking-Chekov

The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

“A Company of Laughing Faces” by Nadine Gordimer

Flannery O’Connor, any goddamn thing she wrote

Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin

The Hours by Michael Cunningham

On the Road by Jack Kerouac

Non-Fiction:

The Devil in The White City by Erik Larson

Adventures in the Screen Trade by William Goldman

A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking

A Man Without a Country by Kurt Vonnegut

Travels With Charley & Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck

Blue Highways by William Least Heat-Moon

The Size of the World  by Jeff Greenwald

Hollywood Babylon by Kenneth Anger

The Other Hollywood: The Uncensored Oral History of the Porn Film Industry by Legs Mcneil

Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk also by Legs Mcneil

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

The Art of the Personal Essay by Phillip Lopate

Essays by Michel de Montaigne

Gastronomical Me by MFK Fisher

The White Album and The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

“Oranges and Sweet Sister Boy” by Judy Ruiz

The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir

Letter from Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther KIing, Jr.

Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein

 Music:

Back to Mono Box Set  the recordings of Phil Spector

If I Should Fall From the Grace of God by The Pogues

Beatles: Anything you can get your hands on.

Clarity by Jimmy Eat World

Get your hands on Bob Dylan for that matter

Comics:

100 Bullets written by Brian Azzarello and illustrated by Eduardo Risso

 Hellblazer best writers Jamie Delano, Garth Ennis

 Swamp Thing Alan Moore’s run

 

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