May 4, 2007

2007 Reading List

Filed under: Uncategorized — crcb @ 1:51 pm
Mood: Morbidly extroverted

Here are some of the books and authors I intend to read this year. I’m a capricious and moody fellow, though, so this could change abruptly and completely. This summer, I might develop a craving for surrealism or vintage science fiction. In the fall, it might be Victorian poetry and novels.

Even if the list doesn’t change, I won’t get to them all. I’m not fifteen, and no longer have three months a year to spend at the library. (And I did not sufficiently appreciate that luxury when it was mine.)

My reading plan for 2007:

William Blake – Possibly my favorite poet, and a spiritual and artistic mentor. Because of the primacy he gives to imagination, I want to reread him after I read Vico (below). Specific works: Milton, Jerusalem, miscellaneous lyrics.

William Carlos Williams – The south pole to Wallace Stevens’s north. He always inspires my own creativity.

W.B. Yeats – An old friend I haven’t visited in a while, but several of his poems have been coming to mind lately.

Stanislaw Lem – I read his satiric fiction when I was a teenager, but I suspect it was too sophisticated for me then. It probably still is.

Kurt Vonnegut – Yes, it’s a cliche to put a recently deceased author on the list. But I just reread Cat’s Cradle, and it reminded me what a loss we’ve suffered. On the list for this year: Mother Night, Slaughterhouse Five and Slapstick.

Giambattista Vico – A philosopher who influenced James Joyce and Samuel Beckett, among others. I know him only by repute, but I suspect Blake would find his philosophy congenial.

Francesco Petrarch – Poet, epistolarian and humanist. He did for the sonnet what Basho did for haiku. I plan to read both his poetry and his letters.

Thomas Paine – A still under-appreciated man, the true father of our country. If he were alive today, he’d be imprisoned under the Patriot Act. We need him now more than ever.

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  1. Old Scifi is the bomb! I grew up watching that stuff all the time.

    Comment by Vintage Scifi — October 24, 2007 @ 11:29 pm | Reply

  2. When I was a kid I read Van Vogt. I still enjoy rereading his stuff. The guy was insane, and his stories were more like dreams than anything else, and I love it.

    Comment by crcb — October 25, 2007 @ 9:11 pm | Reply

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