David Bowie

To combat the hopelessness I felt at the end of 2016, I decided to explore the literature that influenced one of the many icons we lost last year, David Bowie.  Bowie's music has always brought me happiness, not unlike the happiness I have found in books.  Why not combine these two loves in my search for hope and meaning in the darkest of times?  Using this list of Bowie's 100 Favorite books, I am mood reading my way through the Thin White Duke's library.  Check this space to see how I'm doing.


  1. The Age of American Unreason by Susan Jacoby (2008)
  2. The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz (2007) Read in February/ March 2017
  3. The Coast of Utopia (trilogy) by Tom Stoppard (2007)
  4. Teenage: The Creation of Youth 1875-1945 by Jon Savage (2007)
  5. Fingersmith by Sarah Waters (2002)
  6. The Trials of Henry Kissinger by Christopher Hitchens (2001)
  7. Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder by Lawrence Weschler (1997)
  8. A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution 1890-1924 by Orlando Figes (1997)
  9. The Insult by Rupert Thomson (1996)
  10. Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon (1995)
  11. The Bird Artist by Howard Norman (1994)
  12. Kafka was the Rage: A Greenwich Village Memoir by Anatole Broyard (1993)
  13. Beyond the Brillo Box: The Visual Arts in Post-Historical Perspective by Arthur C. Danto (1992)
  14. Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson by Camille Paglia (1990)
  15. David Bomberg by Richard Cork (1988)
  16. Sweet Soul Music: Rhythm and Blues and the Southern Dream of Freedom by Peter Guralnick (1986)
  17. The Songlines by Bruce Chatwin (1986)
  18. Hawksmoor by Peter Ackroyd (1985)
  19. Nowhere To Run: The Story of Soul Music by Gerri Hirshey (1984)
  20. Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter (1984)
  21. Money by Martin Amis (1984)
  22. White Noise by Don DeLillo (1984)  Read prior to this project 
  23. Flaubert's Parrot by Julian Barnes (1984)
  24. The Life and Times of Little Richard by Charles White (1984)
  25. A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn (1980)
  26. A Confederacy of Dunes by John Kennedy Toole (1980)
  27. Interviews with Frances Bacon by David Sylvester (1980)
  28. Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler (1980)
  29. Earthly Powers by Anthony Burgess (1980)
  30. Raw (a 'graphic magazine') 1980-1991
  31. Viz (magazine), 1979-
  32. The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels (1979)
  33. Metropolitan Life by Fran Lebowitz (1978)
  34. In Between the Sheets by Ian McEwan (1978) Read March 2017
  35. Writers at Work: The Paris Review Interviews, ed. Malcolm Cowley (1977)
  36. The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind by Julian Jaynes (1976)
  37. Tales of Beatnik Glory by Ed Sanders (1975)
  38. Mystery Train by Greil Marcus (1975)
  39. Selected Poems by Frank O'Hara (1974)
  40. Before the Deluge: A Portrait of Berlin in the 1920s by Otto Friedrich (1972)
  41. In Bluebeard's Castle: Some Notes Towards the Re-definition of Culture by George Steiner (1971)
  42. Octobriana and the Russian Underground by Peter Sadecky (1971)
  43. The Sound of the City: The Rise of Rock and Roll by Nik Cohn (1968)
  44. The Quest for Christa T. by Christa Wolf (1968)
  45. Awopbopaloobop Alopbamboom: The Golden Age of Rock by Nik Cohn (1968)
  46. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov (1967)
  47. Journey into the Whirlwind by Eugenia Ginzberg (1967)
  48. Last Exit to Brooklyn by Hubert Selby Jr. (1966)
  49. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (1965) Read prior to this project
  50. City of Night by John Rechy (1965)
  51. Herzog by Saul Bellow (1964)
  52. Puckoon by Spike Milligan (1963)
  53. The American Way of Death by Jessica Mitford (1963)
  54. The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With the Sea by Yukio Mishima (1963)
  55. The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin (1963) Read in January 2017
  56. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess (1962) Read prior to this project
  57. Inside of the Whale and Other Essays by George Orwell (1962)
  58. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark (1961) Read prior to this project
  59. Private Eye (magazine) 1961-
  60. On Having No Head: Zen and the Rediscovery of the Obvious by Douglass Harding (1961)
  61. Silence: Lectures and Writing by John Cage (1961)
  62. Strange People by Frank Edwards (1961)
  63. The Divided Self by R.D. Laing (1960)
  64. All of the Emperor's Horses by David Kidd (1960)
  65. Billy Liar by Keith Waterhouse (1959)
  66. The Leopard by Giuseppe Di Lampedusa (1958)
  67. On the Road by Jack Kerouac (1957) Read prior to this project
  68. The Hidden Persuaders by Vance Packard (1957)
  69. Room at the Top by John Braine (1957)
  70. A Grave for a Dolphin by Alberto Denti di Pirajno (1956)
  71. The Outsider by Colin Wilson (1956)
  72. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (1955) Read prior to this project
  73. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell (1949)
  74. The Street by Ann Petry (1946)
  75. Black Boy by Richard Wright (1945)
  76. Madame Bovary by Gustav Flaubert 
  77. The Iliad by Homer
  78. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner 
  79. Tadanori Yokoo by Tadanori Yokoo
  80. Berlin Alexanderplatz by Alfred Doblin
  81. Mr. Norris Changes Trains by Christopher Isherwood
  82. Hall's Dictionary of Subjects and Symbols in Art by James A. Hall
  83. Passing by Nella Larson Read prior to this project
  84. The Stranger by Albert Camus Read prior to this project
  85. Infants of the Spring by Wallace Thurman
  86. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald Read prior to this project
  87. McTeague by Frank Norris
  88. English Journey by J.B. Priestly 
  89. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West Read prior to this project
  90. Beano (comic '50s)
  91. The Bridge by Hart Crane 
  92. The 42nd Parallel by John Dos Passos
  93. Lady Chatterly's Lover by D.H. Lawrence
  94. Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh 
  95. Maldodor by Comte. de Lautreamont
  96. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  97. Transcendental Magic, Its Doctrine, and Ritual by Eliphas Levi
  98. Inferno by Dante Aligheri 
  99. Blast by Wyndham Lewis
  100. The Waste Land by T.S. Elliot Read prior to this project

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