Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Daniel's Favorite Books List

Selections from Daniel's favorite books list

Fiction
Foucault's Pendulum, Name of the Rose - Umberto Eco
Neuromancer - William Gibson
Galapagos - Kurt Vonnegut
The House of Seven Gables - Nathaniel Hawthorne
Delta of Venus - Anais Nin
The Illuminatus! Trilogy - Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson
Johnny the Homicidal Maniac - Jhonen Vasquez
Demian - Hermann Hesse
The King of Elfland's Daughter - Lord Dunsany
Melmoth the Wanderer - Charles Maturin
The Castle of Crossed Destinies - Italo Calvino
Collected Works of H.P. Lovecraft
Memories of My Melancholy Whores
- Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Nonfiction
Fear and Trembling - Soren Kierkegaard
Collected Works of C. G. Jung
Three Books of Occult Philosophy - Henry Cornelius Agrippa
Publication Manual of the APA, 4th ed.
Sefer Yetzirah
- trans. Aryeh Kaplan
Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid - Douglas Hofstadter
Final Exits: The Illustrated Encyclopedia of How We Die - Michael Largo
The Golden Bough - James Frazer

Poetry
Faust - Goethe
Les Fleurs du Mal - Baudelaire
The Wasteland, Four Quartets - T.S. Eliot
Sonnets to Orpheus - Rainer Maria Rilke
A Season in Hell - Rimbaud
Childe Harold's Pilgrimage - Lord Byron

Everything Else
Thus Spake Zarathustra - Friedrich Nietszche
Metamorphoses - Ovid
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance - Robert Pirsig
The Devil's Dictionary - Ambrose Bierce
The Essential Rumi - trans. Coleman Barks
I Ching - trans. John Blofeld
Tao Te Ching - Lao Tzu
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S. Thompson
The Marriage of Heaven and Hell - William Blake

3 comments:

MindySue said...

Is anyone else utterly intimidated?! Come on Dan--You need to have books like "Clifford's Big Day" on this list. In fact, I challenge. Favorite KIDS books. Go.

Sweet Em said...

Dan - Are these in any particular order? I've been meaning to attempt reading a book of poetry - perhaps T.S. Eliot?

Daniel Nighting said...

Mindy--Off the top of my head:

Gashlycrumb Tinies, The Doubtful Guest--Edward Gorey
Cautionary Tales--Hilaire Belloc
Just So Stories--Rudyard Kipling
Fox in Socks--Dr. Seuss
The Dangerous Alphabet, The Wolves in the Walls--Neil Gaiman

Emily--No particular order. T.S. Eliot is probably my favorite, but he's pretty dense reading. William Blake is accessible (unless you read his epics, which make no sense) and contains hidden depths.

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