September 29th, 2005 2:57 PM

I asked this last month on a mailing list I’m on, but didn’t get any responses. So I thought I’d give it another try here.

If you could recommend any one book to me, what would it be? Would the answer depend on me (would it be a different answer for a different person)?

For my part, I’d recommend to you: A Year With Swollen Appendices: The Diary of Brian Eno. It’s hands down the most interesting and thought provoking book I’ve ever read. A close second, and related through Brian Eno, would be The Clock of the Long Now.

I might have specific recommendations depending on the person, but the two books listed above apply to everyone. Actually, depending on the person, The Clock of the Long Now might edge into the first position.

So if you’ve got recommendations, post a comment here.


I just picked up a copy of Joe Connelly’s Bringing Out the Dead. It’s been one of my favorites ever since I first read it. Yes, this is the book on which the Scorsese film was based, but the book has better pacing and character development.

I’ll re-read that as soon as I am done with Shakespeare’s Hamlet. I bought a nice version that explains all of the archaic expressions in a sidebar. If nothing else, the play makes me wonder whether in 400 years our pop-art will become classical, by which all other art is measured and falls short of.

Posted by: Benjamin on September 29th, 2005 10:32 PM

A Cult Classic in the Making…

“On the House: The Bizarre Killing of Michael Malloy” hits the shelves Oct. 4. It’s the true story of a Deprssion-era speakeasy regular who thwarted numerous attempts on his life. All except the last one, that is. The author’s web site is Cheers.

Posted by: Randy on September 29th, 2005 11:58 PM

I have recently finished the Labyrinths by Jorge Borges. By far, my favorite short story writer. I think of it as a collection of fantastical experiments.

Posted by: DoctorMungMung on October 5th, 2005 7:58 AM