Origins

Inspired by my friend Greg Miller’s sharing of David Bowie’s 100 favorite reads, I decided to put together my own list of books that have influenced me and my own writing.  Needless to say, each text took me down a rabbit hole through which I emerged a changed writer… And now, in no particular order, the list:

  1.  Italo Calvino – The Baron in the Trees
  2. Anne Sexton – Transformations
  3. Scott Carrier – Running After Antelope
  4. Denis Johnson – Jesus’ Son
  5. Mircea Eliade – Myth of the Eternal Return
  6. Russell Banks – Trailerpark
  7. Lewis Nordan – Lightning Song
  8. David Vann – Legend of a Suicide
  9. Brian Doyle – Mink River
  10. Susan Sontag – On Photography
  11. Craig Childs – Soul of Nowhere
  12. Fernando Pessoa – Book of Disquiet
  13. Martin Amis – Other People
  14. Joel Sternfeld – On this Site
  15. Rebecca Solnit – A Field Guide to Getting Lost
  16. Alexander Theroux – The Primary Colors
  17. Sjon – The Blue Fox
  18. George Saunders – Civilwarland in Bad Decline
  19. Raymond Carver – Ultramarine
  20. John Jeremiah Sullivan – Pulphead
  21. Pablo Neruda – Book of Questions
  22. John Berryman – Dream Songs
  23. Orhan Pamuk – The New Life
  24. William Blake – The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
  25. Ed Dorn – Gunslinger
  26. Leslie Marmon Silko – Almanac of the Dead
  27. Lewis Hyde – Trickster Makes this World
  28. Haruki Murakami – Kafka on the Shore
  29. Jim Harrison – The River Swimmer
  30. Robin Robertson – Sailing the Forest
  31. Charles Simic – A Wedding in Hell
  32. Russell Edson – The Tunnel
  33. Olena Kalytiak Davis – Shattered Sonnets, Love Cards, and Other Off and Back Handed Importunities
  34. Jack Gilbert – Refusing Heaven
  35. Albert Goldbarth – Everyday People
  36. Dean Young – Fail Higher
  37. Homero Aridjis – Solar Poems
  38. David Berman – Actual Air
  39. Jaroslav Seifert – The Casting of Bells
  40. W.S. Merwin – Present Company
  41. Patricia Lockwood – Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals
  42. David Stannard – American Holocaust
  43. Mikhail Bulgakov – Master and Margarita
  44. Herman Melville – Moby Dick
  45. Edgar Lee Masters – Spoon River Anthology
  46. Howard Norman (trans.) – The Wishing Bone Cycle
  47. Richard Brautigan – Trout Fishing in America
  48. Bernd Heinrich – Mind of the Raven
  49. Luis Alberto Urrea – Devil’s Highway
  50. Peter Coates – Salmon
  51. Etgar Keret – Suddenly a Knock at the Door
  52. Carl Wilson – Let’s Talk About Love
  53. Robert Frank – The Americans
  54. Sherman Alexie – The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven
  55. Gerald Vizenor – Griever: An American Monkey King in China
  56. Jared Diamond – Collapse
  57. David Quammen – Monster of God
  58. R.D. Laing – The Divided Self
  59. Henri Bergson – Laughter
  60. Miguel De Cervantes – Don Quixote
  61. Shakespeare – King Lear
  62. Albert Camus – The Myth of Sisyphus
  63. Donald Barthelme – Sixty Stories
  64. Sebastian Junger – The Perfect Storm
  65. Victor Pelevin – The Sacred Book of the Werewolf
  66. Eduardo Galeano – Walking Words
  67. Jerome Rothenberg, Ed. – Technicians of the Sacred
  68. Amy Gerstler – Dearest Creature
  69. Gabriel Garcia Marquez – The Incredible and Sad Tale of Innocent Erendira and Her Heartless Grandmother and Other Stories
  70. Malcom Gladwell – David and Goliath
  71. Sigmund Freud – Jokes and Their Relation to the Unconscious
  72. Bilge Karasu – Garden of Departed Cats
  73. Eugene Ionesco – Rhinoceros
  74. Robert Hass (trans.) – The Essential Haiku: Versions of Basho, Buson, & Issa
  75. Charles Bowden – Blues for Cannibals
  76. Jim Shepard – You Think That’s Bad
  77. Karen Russell – Swamplandia!
  78. Aimee Bender – The Color Master
  79. Cormac McCarthy – Cities of the Plain
  80. Matthew Zapruder – Come on All You Ghosts
  81. Judith Herman – Trauma and Recovery
  82. Jon Kracauer – Into the Wild
  83. Carl Jung – The Archetypes and The Collective Unconscious 
  84. Dino Buzzati – Restless Nights
  85. Edward Abbey – Desert Solitaire
  86. Victoria Finlay – Color
  87. Marina Warner – Monsters of Our Own Making
  88. Svetlana Alexievich – Voices from Chernobyl
  89. CAConrad – ECODEVIANCE: (Soma)tics for the Future Wilderness
  90. J.M. Coetzee – Waiting for the Barbarians
  91. William Saroyan – Man with the Heart in the Highlands: And Other Stories 
  92. Marcus Aurelius – Meditations
  93. Stephen Grosz – The Examined Life: How We Lose and Find Ourselves
  94. Nicanor Parra – Antipoems
  95. Richard Flanagan – Gould’s Book of Fish
  96. Samuel Beckett – Waiting for Godot
  97. Austin Kleon – Steal Like an Artist
  98. Diane di Prima – Loba
  99. William Gass – On Being Blue
  100. Paul Shepard – The Others: How Animals Made Us Human
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