I used to mentally draft my “desert island” list of books, going over my favorite books and authors in my mind. I never really did though, or if I did, I lost it in the mess of my computer files and forgot about it. Anyways, now I would like for that list to be a little vague or indeterminate.
Here is a list of some old and enduring favorites that I drew up when this blog existed in an earlier incarnation:
Paul Metcalf, Marguerite Young, Edward Dahlberg, Pierre Senges, Joseph McElroy, Thomas Nashe, Djuna Barnes, Susan Howe, Kleist’s Michael Kohlhaas, Madame de Lafayette, ‘The Lord Chandos Letter,’ Harold Brodkey, Carlo Emilio Gadda’s Acquainted with Grief, Hugh Kenner, Nathanael West, S.J. Perelman, Donald Barthelme, David Markson’s last four books, Kafka’s The Trial, B.R. Yeager’s Amygdalatropolis, Danilo Kis’s A Tomb for Boris Davidovich, Virginia Woolf’s Jacob’s Room, the novels of Harry Mathews, Michel Butor, Nathalie Sarraute’s The Use of Speech, Renaissance drama, Joseph Heller’s Something Happened, Guy Davenport’s essays, George Saintsbury’s History of English Prose Rhythm, W.A. Mathieu’s The Listening Book and Harmonic Experience and The Musical Life, Galway Kinnell’s The Book of Nightmares. Etc.