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nealcassady in Toronto is doing 26 things including…

Read Brian Kitely’s Highly Arbitrary List of Recommended Books

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The List

Brian Kitely teaches at the University of Denver. He was a student of Donald Barthelme’s. Found this while looking for info about Barthelme’s list. I have lost my mind. But there’s some really interesting looking books here. The title for the list is Kitely’s. Green I own, blue I’ve read, red I’ve read since posting the list.

1. Benjamin Lee Whorf, Language, Thought, and Reality
2. Roy Mottahedeh, The Mantle of the Prophet
3. Timothy Mitchell, Colonizing Egypt
4. Amitav Ghosh, In an Antique Land
5. Allen Hibbard, Paul Bowles, Magic and Morocco
6. Thomas Richards, The Imperial Archive: Knowledge & the Fantasy of Empire
7. James Clifford, The Predicament of Culture and Routes
8. Theodor Adorno, Minima Moralia
9. Jackson Bate, Keats (a biography)
10. Frances Steegmuller, Flaubert and Madame Bovary
11-12. Edward Said, Covering Islam; Beginnings
13. Susan Sontag, Against Interpretation
14-15. George Steiner, Tolstoy or Dostoevsky; Language and Silence
16. Guy Davenport, The Geography of the Imagination
17. Cynthia Ozick, Metaphor and Memory
18. William Gass, The World Within the Word

19. Diane Ackerman, A Natural History of the Senses
20. Perry Miller, Errand into the Wilderness
21-22. Susan Howe, My Emily Dickinson; The Birth-Mark
23. Maxime Rodinson, Mohammad (a biography)
24. Lila Abu-Lughod, Veiled Sentiments
25. Elias Canetti, Crowds and Power
26-27. Michel Foucault, Madness and Civilization; Discipline and Punish
28. James Miller, The Passion of Michel Foucault (a biography)
29. Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, The Hidden Life of Dogs
30. Henri Michaux, Major Ordeals of the Mind
31. William Appelman Williams, The Tragedy of American Diplomacy
32. Howard Zinn, The People?s History of America
33. Darwin, Voyage of the Beagle

34. Max Rodenbeck, Cairo: the City Victorious

35-36. Henry Adams, The Education of…; Mont St. Michel and Chartres
37. John Graves, Goodbye to a River
38. Robert Byron, The Road to Oxiana
39. Elias Canetti, Voices of Marrakesh
40. Tobias Schneebaum, Where the Spirits Dwell
41. Chris Offutt, The Same River Twice
42. Bernard Cooper, Maps to Anywhere
43. Gary Lutz, Stories in the Worst Way

44-45. Primo Levi, Survival at Auschwitz; The Periodic Table

46-47. Mikhail Bulgakov, The Master and Margarita; The Heart of a Dog

48. Jim Crace, Continent

49. Tayeb Salih, Season of Migration to the North

50. Abdelrahman Munif, Cities of Salt

51. Waguih Ghali, Beer in the Snooker Club

52. Edgar Allan Poe, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym
53-56. Nabokov, Mary; Details of a Sunset; A Russian Beauty; 57. Speak, Memory

58. Eduardo Galeano, Memory of Fire (a trilogy); Open Veins

59. Marcel Proust, Remembrance of Things Past

60. Robert Gluck, Jack the Modernist
61. Frederic Tuten, The Adventures of Mao on the Long March
62. Alifa Rifaat, Distant View of a Minaret
63-65. Naguib Mahfouz, Midaq Alley; Miramar; The Palace Walk

66. E.M. Forster, Howard?s End
67-68. Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities; Baron of the Trees

69. Isak Dinesen, Winter?s Tales

70. Isaac Babel, Collected Stories

71. Patricia Highsmith, The Talented Mr Ripley

72. Margaret Atwood, Surfacing

73. Marguerite Yourcenar, Memoirs of Hadrian
74. Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, The Animal Wife
75. Frederic Prokosch, The Asiatics
76. Norman Rush, Whites
77. Denis Johnson, Jesus’ Son

78. Jane Bowles, Two Serious Ladies
79-80. Paul Bowles, The Sheltering Sky; Collected Stories
81-82. Bruno Schulz, Sanatorium Under the Sign of the Hourglass; Street of the Crocodiles
83. Amitav Ghosh, The Glass Palace
84. Flannery O?Connor, Wise Blood
85. Cynthia Ozick, The Pagan Rabbi
86. Jayne Anne Phillips, Black Tickets

87-88. Tim O’Brien, Going After Cacciato; The Things They Carried

89. Hemingway, In Our Time
90. Yasunari Kawabata, Palm-of-the-Hand Stories
91-92. Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina; The Cossacks

93. Christina Stead, The Man Who Loved Children
94-95. Rikki Ducornet, The Jade Cabinet; Gazelle
96. Carole Maso, Ava
97. Robert Walser, Collected Stories
98. James Lasdun, Three Evenings
99. Marilynne Robinson, Housekeeping
100. Anita Desai, In Custody
101. Salman Rushdie, The Satanic Verses

102-103. E.L. Doctorow, World?s Fair; The Book of Daniel
104-105. Beth Nugent, City of Boys; Live Girls
106. Robert Coover, Pricksongs and Descants
107-108. Sigrid Nunez, A Feather on the Breath of God; Mitz (a biography of Virginia and Leonard Woolf’s monkey)
109. R.D. Skillings, In a Murderous Time
110. Heidi Jon Schmidt, Darling?
111. Paul Valery, Monsieur Teste
112. Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye

113. J.G. Ballard, Crash
114. David Foster Wallace, Girl With Curious Hair
115. Padgett Powell, Typical
116. Richard Powers, Galatea 2.2
117. Grace Paley, Collected Stories
118-120. Donald Barthelme, Sixty Stories; Forty Stories; The King
121. Robert Musil, The Man Without Qualities
122. Franz Kafka, A Letter to His Father
123-124. Samuel Beckett, More Pricks Than Kicks; Proust
125. John Updike, The Coup

126. Evelyn Waugh, Handful of Dust
127. Christa Wolf, No Place on Earth
128. Graham Swift, Waterland
129. Josh Russell, Yellow Jack
130. Ben Marcus, The Age of Wire and String
131-132. Brian Evenson, Altmann’s Tongue; Contagion
133. Jane Brox, Here and Nowhere Else: Late Seasons of a Farm and Its Family
134. Eli Gottlieb, The Boy Who Went Away

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