Thursday, June 12, 2003

Reading List for the Keith Pille Seminar

While trapped in a gawdawful 2-hour lecture/meeting today, I put together a list of books that I would tell people to read if they wanted to see how my worldview came to be, more or less. I don't mean this to be a list of book recommendations, or my picks for best books ever (I mean, some are great, but some are quite crappy but still had an influence). The list skews pretty heavily towards stuff I was reading 10-12 years ago, which I suppose doesn't say anything good about me as far as personal growth goes....

1. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hunter S. Thompson
2. Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72, Thompson
3. The Proud Highway, Thompson
4. The Once and Future King, T. H. White
5. Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut
6. Cat's Cradle, Vonnegut
7. Mother Night, Vonnegut
8. Hocus Pocus, Vonnegut
9. Skinny Legs and All, Tom Robbins
10. Another Roadside Attraction, Robbins
11. Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Robbins
12. The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand (sigh)
13. Atlas Shrugged, Rand
14. The Things They Carried, Tim O'Brien
15. For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway
16. The Sun Also Rises, Hemingway
17. Microserfs, Douglas Coupland
18. Freedom in Exile, the Dalai Lama
19. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert Pirsig
20. Ghost World, Dan Clowes
21. Twentieth Century Eightball, Clowes
22. A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again, David Foster Wallace

OK, class, after you make your way through the reading list, please write a 10,000-word essay on nearly being thirty and not knowing if you've accidentally stumbled into a career or not.

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