2017 Reading Report


When asked how one could become a better writer, William Faulkner said: "Read, read, read. Read everything - trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You'll absorb it. Then write." Reading has always been an essential part of my own writing process. Here are some of the highlights from the reading I did this past year:

The Sebastopol Sketches - Leo Tolstoy
The Deep Self - John C. Lilly
Notes from a Dead House - Fyodor Dostoevsky
It Can't Happen Here - Sinclair Lewis
Chadwick Yates and the Cannibal Shrine - Bradley Verdell
Cities of the Red Night - William S. Burroughs
The Place of Dead Roads - William S. Burroughs
The Western Lands - William S. Burroughs
Children of the Mire - Octavio Paz
The Drowned World - J. G. Ballard
The Burning World - J. G. Ballard
The Crystal World - J. G. Ballard
Diary of a Bad Year - J. M. Coetzee
The American Deep State - Peter Dale Scott
Autobiography - Morrissey
The Four Agreements: A Toltec Wisdom Book - Don Miguel Ruiz
Life & Times of Michael K - J. M. Coetzee
My Education: A Book of Dreams - William S. Burroughs
The Doors of Perception - Aldous Huxley
Heaven and Hell - Aldous Huxley
The Last of Mr. Norris - Christopher Isherwood
Goodbye to Berlin - Christopher Isherwood
War Primer - Bertolt Brecht
On the Natural History of Destruction - W. G. Sebald
Spring Snow - Yukio Mishima
Runaway Horses - Yukio Mishima
The Temple of Dawn - Yukio Mishima
The Decay of the Angel - Yukio Mishima
X-Ray: The Unauthorized Autobiography - Ray Davies
South China Morning Blues - Ray Hecht
Femmestuary - Alexandra Gilliam
The Last Words of Dutch Schultz - William S. Burroughs
The Wild Boys: A Book of the Dead - William S. Burroughs
Johnny Got His Gun - Dalton Trumbo
The Moon Is Down - John Steinbeck
In Dubious Battle - John Steinbeck
The Old Gringo - Carlos Fuentes
The Autumn of the Patriarch - Gabriel García Márquez
Hiroshima - John Hersey
No One Writes to the Colonel - Gabriel García Márquez

What were the best books you read in 2017?

Mark Will