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Floating in a Most’a Peculiar Way

Bowie Read

“I think about a world to come / Where the books were found by the golden ones / Written in pain, written in awe / By a puzzled man who questioned / What we were here for…”

You’ve no doubt heard — David Bowie passed away last night after fighting cancer. He was 69 years old.

In response, Twitter has reminded us that Bowie was a serious book lover. Geoffrey Marsh, who curated an Art Gallery of Ontario exhibit on Bowie a few years back said Bowie was “‘a voracious reader’ who is reputed to read as much as ‘a book a day.'”

So we want to say goodbye the best way we know how: by talking books. Here is a list at Brain Pickings of Bowie’s 75 favorite books, and an article at Open Book Toronto that expands the list to 100. There is lots here that you would probably expect — Orwell’s 1984 and Nabokov’s Lolita — as well as a few interesting choices like The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and Hitchens’ The Trial of Henry Kissinger 

These are the recommendations on books from Bowie. Any recommendations from readers out there on the best of the more than 60 books that have come out about Bowie? Here’s one we liked.

-Michael Moats


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The Year to Come: A Picture Essay

Pretty Good Year: The Millions book preview for the second half of 2012 features books by and about David Foster Wallace — also, Martin Amis, Zadie Smith, Michael Chabon, Salman Rushdie, Junot Diaz, Nate Silver, Chris Ware, Tom Wolfe, John Banville, Louise Erdrich, Emma Donoghue, Kurt Vonnegut, Alice Munro, Roberto Bolano, Barbara Kingsolver and a whole slew of other writers to get excited about.

The Cloak of Visibility: The Millions preview also mentioned the forthcoming book by Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling. People have been reacting to the cover design, which was unveiled on Tuesday the 3rd.

Tenacious Delay: Winter is coming, with no mention of anything new from George R.R. Martin.

All I Need to Get By: If you don’t want to wait for the books to come, Buzzfeed will tell you the only 20 books you’ll ever need to read.

If Dylan Thomas Lived in 2012: No word on which authors will be drunk texting this year, but you can check out the archive at The Paris Review.

Graphic Language: In 2012, multiple celebrated ultracrepidarians will follow the season’s vernalagnia with a great welter of montivagant stories, replete with incidents both infandous and based on ktenology, where the hamartia of their characters, so often engaged in xenization, results in more than one zugzwang to gorgonize readers until the final enantiodromia. Absent an unfortunate biblioclasm, we can expect quite the recumbentibus to the year, with more than enough noegenesis to warm us in the ostentiferous days ahead. If this doesn’t make sense to you, these beautiful pictures at Brain Pickings should help.

– Michael Moats

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The Infinite Jest Liveblog: Images

This is the latest entry in Words, Words, Words the ongoing liveblog of David Foster Wallace’s “Infinite Jest.” 


March 2, 2012, N/A. With apologies for the slow pace of recent updates — this damn day job is really cramping my style — here are some images to keep you busy.

A police sketch built on descriptions of Hal Incandenza in the book. This was originally on The Composites, a cool site where you can find more of your favorite literary characters pictured as if they robbed a local convenience store and are still at-large. However, Hal’s image has been removed for reasons that are unclear.

And then, from Brain Pickings, “3 Ways to Visualize the David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest” (sic). A flowchat, a geolocation photo tour, and a character diagram.

PS — You can buy this one here (five over, four down).

Finally, an oldie but goodie from The Boston Globe:

Read the full Infinite Jest Liveblog

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