Co czyta David Bowie?

Written by Ioannes Oculus
David Bowie // źr. Wikipedia

David Bowie // źr. Wikipedia

Stara wieść, ale z kronikarskiego obowiązku odnotujmy, że David Bowie pozwolił opublikować na wystawie jemu poświęconej listę książek, które koniecznie trzeba przeczytać. Oczywiście jest do dobór subiektywny i odzwierciedla gusta twórcy tego zestawienia. Ciekawe czy trafia w gusta także naszych Czytelników?

Ciekawe jest natomiast samo zjawisko. W świecie osoby znane chętnie mówią o swoich gustach literackich. To kto jakie książki lubi i ceni wzbudza zainteresowanie, a nawet sensację. Natomiast w naszym kraju jakby niektórzy wstydzili się kontaktu ze słowem pisanym. To subiektywne spojrzenie i mam nadzieję, że się mylę. Miło by było poznać podobne zestawienie wykonane przez kogoś z polskiej sceny muzycznej bądź aktorskiej.

Oto lista książek, które trzeba koniecznie przeczytać wg Bowiego (za: The Guardian):

  1. The Age of American Unreason, Susan Jacoby (2008)
  2. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Diaz (2007)
  3. The Coast of Utopia (trilogy), Tom Stoppard (2007)
  4. Teenage: The Creation of Youth 1875-1945, Jon Savage (2007)
  5. Fingersmith, Sarah Waters (2002)
  6. The Trial of Henry Kissinger, Christopher Hitchens (2001)
  7. Mr Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonder, Lawrence Weschler (1997)
  8. A People’s Tragedy: The Russian Revolution 1890-1924, Orlando Figes (1997)
  9. The Insult, Rupert Thomson (1996)
  10. Wonder Boys, Michael Chabon (1995)
  11. The Bird Artist, Howard Norman (1994)
  12. Kafka Was the Rage: A Greenwich Village Memoir, Anatole Broyard (1993)
  13. Beyond the Brillo Box: The Visual Arts in Post-Historical Perspective, Arthur C Danto (1992)
  14. Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson, Camille Paglia (1990)
  15. David Bomberg, Richard Cork (1988)
  16. Sweet Soul Music: Rhythm and Blues and the Southern Dream of Freedom, Peter Guralnick (1986)
  17. The Songlines, Bruce Chatwin (1986)
  18. Hawksmoor, Peter Ackroyd (1985)
  19. Nowhere to Run: The Story of Soul Music, Gerri Hirshey (1984)
  20. Nights at the Circus, Angela Carter (1984)
  21. Money, Martin Amis (1984)
  22. White Noise, Don DeLillo (1984)
  23. Flaubert’s Parrot, Julian Barnes (1984)
  24. The Life and Times of Little Richard, Charles White (1984)
  25. A People’s History of the United States, Howard Zinn (1980)
  26. A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole (1980)
  27. Interviews with Francis Bacon, David Sylvester (1980)
  28. Darkness at Noon, Arthur Koestler (1980)
  29. Earthly Powers, Anthony Burgess (1980)
  30. Raw, a “graphix magazine” (1980-91)
  31. Viz, magazine (1979 –)
  32. The Gnostic Gospels, Elaine Pagels (1979)
  33. Metropolitan Life, Fran Lebowitz (1978)
  34. In Between the Sheets, Ian McEwan (1978)
  35. Writers at Work: The Paris Review Interviews, ed Malcolm Cowley (1977)
  36. The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind, Julian Jaynes (1976)
  37. Tales of Beatnik Glory, Ed Saunders (1975)
  38. Mystery Train, Greil Marcus (1975)
  39. Selected Poems, Frank O’Hara (1974)
  40. Before the Deluge: A Portrait of Berlin in the 1920s, Otto Friedrich (1972)
  41. n Bluebeard’s Castle: Some Notes Towards the Re-definition of Culture, George Steiner (1971) Octobriana and the Russian Underground, Peter Sadecky (1971)
  42. The Sound of the City: The Rise of Rock and Roll, Charlie Gillett(1970)
  43. The Quest for Christa T, Christa Wolf (1968)
  44. Awopbopaloobop Alopbamboom: The Golden Age of Rock, Nik Cohn (1968)
  45. The Master and Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov (1967)
  46. Journey into the Whirlwind, Eugenia Ginzburg (1967)
  47. Last Exit to Brooklyn, Hubert Selby Jr (1966)
  48. In Cold Blood, Truman Capote (1965)
  49. City of Night, John Rechy (1965)
  50. Herzog, Saul Bellow (1964)
  51. Puckoon, Spike Milligan (1963)
  52. The American Way of Death, Jessica Mitford (1963)
  53. The Sailor Who Fell from Grace With the Sea, Yukio Mishima (1963)
  54. The Fire Next Time, James Baldwin (1963)
  55. A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess (1962)
  56. Inside the Whale and Other Essays, George Orwell (1962)
  57. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Muriel Spark (1961)
  58. Private Eye, magazine (1961 –)
  59. On Having No Head: Zen and the Rediscovery of the Obvious, Douglas Harding (1961)
  60. Silence: Lectures and Writing, John Cage (1961)
  61. Strange People, Frank Edwards (1961)
  62. The Divided Self, RD Laing (1960)
  63. All the Emperor’s Horses, David Kidd (1960)
  64. Billy Liar, Keith Waterhouse (1959)
  65. The Leopard, Giuseppe di Lampedusa (1958)
  66. On the Road, Jack Kerouac (1957)
  67. The Hidden Persuaders, Vance Packard (1957)
  68. Room at the Top, John Braine (1957)
  69. A Grave for a Dolphin, Alberto Denti di Pirajno (1956)
  70. The Outsider, Colin Wilson (1956)
  71. Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov (1955)
  72. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell (1949)
  73. The Street, Ann Petry (1946)
  74. Black Boy, Richard Wright (1945)


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Ioannes Oculus

I am addicted to languages, both modern and ancient. No language is dead as long as we can read and understand it. I want to share my linguistic passion with like minded people. I am also interested in history, astronomy, genealogy, books and probably many others. My goals now are to write a novel in Latin, a textbook for Latin learners, Uzbek-Polish, Polish-Uzbek dictionary, modern Uzbek grammar and textbook for learners. My dream is to have a big house in UK or USA where I could keep all my books and have enough time and money to achieve my goals.

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