David Bowie Book Club

David Bowie released a list of his top 100 favourite books, which, of course, caused me to flail with joy. Three of my favourite things: David Bowie, books, and lists…all in one place! I took it upon myself to start a one-woman David Bowie Book Club and attempt to read as many of the books on his list as possible. Some are not feasible (I’m pretty sure I can’t track down every issue of The Beano or Viz) but I’ll do my best to read the rest of the books.

Below is the list of books and notes of my progress. I’ll also be posting some updates on Twitter using the tag #BowieBookClub. Send me a tweet if you decide to read any of the books from the list — I’d love to chat about them!

Interviews with Francis Bacon by David Sylvester

Billy Liar by Keith Waterhouse

Room at the Top by John Braine

On Having No Head: Zen and the Rediscovery of the Obvious by Douglas E. Harding

Kafka Was the Rage: A Greenwich Village Memoir by Anatole Broyard

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

City of Night by John Rechy

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz (Completed)

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

The Iliad by Homer

As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

Tadanori Yokoo by Tadanori Yokoo

Berlin Alexanderplatz: The Story of Franz Biberkopf by Alfred Döblin

Inside The Whale and Other Essays by George Orwell

Mr. Norris Changes Trains by Christopher Isherwood

Hall’s Dictionary of Subjects and Symbols in Art by James Hall

David Bomberg by Richard Cork

Blast by Wyndham Lewis

Passing by Nella Larson

Beyond the Brillo Box: The Visual Arts in Post-Historical Perspective by Arthur C. Danto

The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind by Julian Jaynes

In Bluebeard’s Castle: Some Notes Towards the Redefinition of Culture by George Steiner

Hawksmoor by Peter Ackroyd

The Divided Self: An Existential Study in Sanity and Madness by R. D. Laing

The Stranger by Albert Camus (Completed)

Infants of the Spring by Wallace Thurman

The Quest for Christa T. by Christa Wolf

The Songlines by Bruce Chatwin

Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter

The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov (Completed)

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Herzog by Saul Bellow

Puckoon by Spike Milligan

Black Boy by Richard Wright

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea by Yukio Mishima

Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler

The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot (Purchased; In Queue)

McTeague by Frank Norris

Money by Martin Amis

The Outsider by Colin Wilson

Strange People by Frank Edwards

English Journey by J.B. Priestley

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole (Currently Reading)

The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West

1984 by George Orwell (Completed)

The Life and Times of Little Richard by Charles White

Awopbopaloobop Alopbamboom: The Golden Age of Rock by Nik Cohn

Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock ‘n’ Roll Music by Greil Marcus

The Beano (Comic)

Raw (Magazine)

White Noise by Don DeLillo

Sweet Soul Music: Rhythm and Blues and the Southern Dream of Freedom by Peter Guralnick

Silence: Lectures and Writings by John Cage

Writers at Work: The Paris Review Interviews by Malcolm Cowley

The Sound of the City: The Rise of Rock and Roll by Charlie Gillett

Octobriana and the Russian Underground by Peter Sadecky

The Street by Ann Petry

Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon

Last Exit to Brooklyn by Hubert Selby, Jr.

A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn

The Age of American Unreason by Susan Jacoby

Metropolitan Life by Fran Lebowitz

The Coast of Utopia by Tom Stoppard

The Bridge by Hart Crane

All the Emperor’s Horses by David Kidd

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

Earthly Powers by Anthony Burgess

The 42nd Parallel by John Dos Passos

Tales of Beatnik Glory by Ed Saunders

The Bird Artist by Howard Norman

Nowhere to Run: The Story of Soul Music by Gerri Hirshey

Before the Deluge: A Portrait of Berlin in the 1920s by Otto Friedrich

Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson by Camille Paglia

The American Way of Death by Jessica Mitford

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (Completed)

Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence

Teenage: The Prehistory of Youth Culture: 1875-1945 by Jon Savage

Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh

The Hidden Persuaders by Vance Packard

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

Viz (Comic)

Private Eye (Magazine)

Selected Poems by Frank O’Hara

The Trial of Henry Kissinger by Christopher Hitchens

Flaubert’s Parrot by Julian Barnes

Maldoror by Comte de Lautreamont

On the Road by Jack Kerouac

Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonder: Pronged ants, Horned Humans, Mice on Toast, and Other Marvels of Jurassic Technology by Lawrence Weschler

Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Transcendental Magic: Its Doctrine and Ritual by Eliphas Levi

The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels

The Leopard by Giusseppe Di Lampedusa

The Inferno by Dante Alighieri

A Grave for a Dolphin by Alberto Denti di Pirajno

The Insult by Rupert Thomson

In Between the Sheets by Ian McEwan

A People’s Tragedy: The Russian Revolution: 1891-1924 by Orlando Figes

Journey into the Whirlwind by Eugenia Ginzburg