SOME BOOKS I LIKE THAT ARE WRITTEN BY WHITE MEN
Yes, there are a few.
- •The Tenth of December by George SaundersBeautiful, brutal and exuberant, anarchic stories. George Saunders' mastery of the short form and his keen eye for life's dark ironies are undeniable. Gritty surrealism at its best.
- •The Name of the Wind by Patrick RothfussThe first of a series of three epic fantasy novels about an orphan becoming a hero. On first perusal it seems like an ordinary fantasy, but Rothfuss' fallen hero is an unreliable narrator telling his own epic tale with the spellbinding style of an ancient bard. Seriously, read this if you're into Homer.
- •Even Cowgirls Get the Blues by Tom RobbinsA whimsical, female driven version of Kerouac (yuck) with a mysterious, mystical woman born with enormous thumbs who uses them to hitchhike across the 60s hippie US. Full of philosophical asides, a spectrum of sexuality and broken fourth walls.
- •The Book of Wonder by Lord DunsanyDunsany was one of Tolkien's major influences and his story Carcassonne was the basis for True Detective S1 mythology. A magical collection of short stories, which flit from whimsical to mythological, humorous to chilling. He supposedly found the illustrator for this collection and had him draw whatever he wanted and wrote the stories in response.
- •Leaving the Sea by Ben MarcusHis second collection and fourth book, it's a masterful, pleasurable read--linguistic anomalies, relentlessly unfamiliar perceptions, emotional complexity. I can't believe a man wrote it, to be honest.
- •Tim & Eric's Zone TheoryOk, so I edited this book BUT it's fucking amazing. A surreal, Dadaist experiment in Scientology propaganda by two of my favorite comedians. I never would have thought their humor would translate to written word, but this book works on every level.
- •Fraud by David RakoffLosing David Rakoff was such a loss for the literary world. This collection of essays perfectly showcases his rapier wit and keen comedic eye. Insightful and full of wacky adventures.
- •Rontel by Sam Pink"She walked around looking at clothes and I walked around feeling like I wanted to hit my head against something and hurt myself." My favorite of the alt lit guys. Sorry, @tao_lin. His prose is wild, playful and birthed of the Internet. He's just so fucking clever and despite or because that, this book has a lot of heart.
- •Many Subtle Channels by Daniel Levin BeckerI love nonfiction about writers. This book chronicles his time amongst the OuLiPo, a society of writers including Georges Perec, Italo Calvino, Jacques Roubaud and Harry Mathews. Oulipians advocated a calculated approach to creativity, based on extreme attentiveness to language and lots of cheeky cleverness.
- •Edward GoreyPoems and stories, but most importantly illustrations. Beautiful, gothic, raw drawings seemingly from the Victorian and Edwardian periods. They're dark and and painfully funny.