All the Books I’ve Read


Here’s the list of every book I finished since I began college in the autumn of 1989. If you want the Excel version of the list for some reason, enjoy.

You want gigantic writeups about all these books? Here you go!


Note: (r) means it’s a re-read.


Rumi’s Secret: The Life of the Sufi Poet of Love – Brad Gooch • Download our podcast (and listen to our 2015 podcast)

The Dead Ladies Project: Exiles, Expats, and Ex-Countries – Jessa Crispin • Download our podcast! (and listen to our 2014 podcast)

The B Side: The Death of Tin Pan Alley and the Rebirth of the Great American Song – Ben Yagoda • download our podcast

Why I Am Not A Feminist: A Feminist ManifestoDownload our podcast! (and listen to our 2014 podcast)

Memoir: A History – Ben Yagoda • download our podcast

A Mother’s Tale – Phillip Lopate • download our podcast (and listen to our 2013 podcast)

Note Book – Jeff Nunokawa • download our podcast

Private Citizens: A Novel – Tony Tulathimutte • download our podcast

What Belongs to You – Garth Greenwell • download our podcast

Snowed Under – Antje Ravic Strubel • podcast coming someday (she got laryngitis the day we were going to record)

Welcome to Your World: How the Built Environment Shapes Our Lives – Sarah Williams Goldhagen • download our podcast

The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway (r)

Moving the Palace – Charif Majdalani • download our podcast

Toscanelli’s Ray – Wallis Wilde-Menozzi • download our podcast (and listen to our 2013 podcast)

Stranger in a Strange Land: Searching for Gershom Scholem and Jerusalem – George Prochnik • Download our podcast! (and listen to our 2014 podcast)

Dear James: Letters to a Young Illustrator – R.O. Blechman • Download our podcast

Mary Astor’s Purple Diary: The Great American Sex Scandal of 1936 – Edward Sorel • I just pitched him, so here’s hoping there’s a podcast in our future

Mrs. Dalloway – Virginia Woolf

This Is How You Lose Her – Junot Diaz • podcast coming someday!

This Is What a Librarian Looks Like: A Celebration of Libraries, Communities, and Access to Information – Kyle Cassidy • podcast coming soon! (meanwhile, listen to our 2012 podcast!)

Lovecraft Country: A Novel – Matt Ruff • podcast coming someday!


The Friends of Eddie Coyle – George V. Higgins

Dept. of Speculation – Jenny Offill

The Leopard: A Novel – Giuseppe di Lampedusa (r)

Willful Disregard: A Novel About Love – Lena Andersson

Talking To The Dead – Rachel Hadas • Download our 2016 podcast and check out our podcast from 2014

Miss Lonelyhearts – Nathanael West

Almost Everything Very Fast: A Novel – Christopher Kloeble • Download our podcast

The Day of the Locust – Nathanael West

Delicious Foods – James Hannaham

At the Existentialist Café – Sarah Bakewell

Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War – Fred Kaplan • Download our podcast (and listen to our 2013 podcast about The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War)

The Diary of a Teenage Girl: An Account in Words and Pictures – Phoebe Gloeckner • Download our podcast

Shadow Ops: Control Point – Myke Cole • Download our podcast

Nitro Mountain – Lee Clay Johnson • podcast coming someday! (if I can convince him to record with me)

The Hirschfeld Century: Portrait of an Artist and His Age – David Leopold • Download our podcast

The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels, and the History of American Comedy – Kliph Nesteroff • Download our podcast

Bellow’s People: How Saul Bellow Made Life Into Art – David Mikics • Download our podcast

Sewer, Gas and Electric: The Public Works Trilogy – Matt Ruff • podcast coming someday!

Galaxies – Barry Malzberg (r)

Anna Karenina – Tolstoy (tr. Pevear & Volokhonsky) (r)

Beyond Apollo – Barry Malzberg

Living with a Dead Language: My Romance with Latin – Ann Patty • Download our podcast

The Plot Against America – Philip Roth

Diane Arbus: Portrait of a Photographer – Arthur Lubow • Download our podcast

Engines of the Night / Breakfast in the Ruins – Barry Malzberg

Senior Moments: Looking Back, Looking Ahead – Willard Spiegelman • Download our 2016 podcast (and check out our 2013 podcast)

Magic and Loss: The Internet as Art – Virginia Heffernan • Download our podcast

Play All: A Bingewatcher’s Notebook – Clive James • Download our podcast

Holy Resilience: The Bible’s Traumatic Origins – David M. Carr • Download our podcast

Peter Arno: The Mad, Mad World of The New Yorker’s Greatest Cartoonist – Michael Maslin • Download our podcast

Changing the Subject: Art and Attention in the Internet Age – Sven Birkerts • podcast coming someday!

In Love – Alfred Hayes

The Good Soldier – Ford Maddox Ford (r)

Solaris – Stanislaw Lem (r)

Footnotes from the World’s Greatest Bookstores: True Tales and Lost Moments from Book Buyers, Booksellers, and Book Lovers – Bob Eckstein • Download our podcast

Avid Reader: A Life – Robert Gottlieb

The Hard Problem: A Play – Tom Stoppard

Based on a True Story: A Memoir – Norm Macdonald (no podcast scheduled, but I’d love to record with him, so if you have a connection, please let me know!)

Shadow Ops: Fortress Frontier – Myke Cole • Download our podcast

When Memory Comes – Saul Friedländer

Where Memory Leads: My Life – Saul Friedlander

The Speed of Sound: Breaking the Barriers Between Music and Technology: A Memoir – Thomas Dolby • Download our podcast

The History of Rock & Roll, Volume 1: 1920-1963 – Ed Ward • Download our podcast

Krazy: George Herriman, a Life in Black and White – Michael Tisserand • Download our podcast

Sword of Honor Trilogy (Men At Arms, Officers and Gentlemen, and Unconditional Surrender) – Evelyn Waugh

Everyman – Philip Roth (r)


How to Live: Or A Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer – Sarah Bakewell

Third Rail – Rory Flynn • Download our podcast

Unreliable Memoirs – Clive James • Download our podcast

Happy are the Happy – Yasmina Reza • Download our podcast

The Tourmaline – Paul Park • podcast coming someday!

Reading Dante: From Here to Eternity – Prue Shaw • Download our podcast

Gamify Your Classroom: A Field Guide to Game-Based Learning (New Literacies and Digital Epistemologies) – Matthew Farber • Download our podcast

La Ronde – Arthur Schniztler

Poetry Notebook: Reflections on the Intensity of Language – Clive James • Download our podcast

Falling Towards England – Clive James • Download our podcast

May Week Was In June – Clive James • Download our podcast

The Third Man – Graham Greene

Lost in the Meritocracy: The Undereducation of an Overachiever – Walter Kirn • Download our podcast

North Face of Soho: More Unreliable Memoirs – Clive James • Download our podcast

How Architecture Works: A Humanist’s Toolkit – Witold Rybczynski • Download our podcast

Smash Cut: A Memoir of Howard & Art & the ’70s & the ’80s – Brad Gooch • Download our podcast

In Manchuria: A Village Called Wasteland and the Transformation of Rural China – Michael Meyer • Download our podcast

Moral Agents: Eight Twentieth-Century American Writers – Edward Mendelson • Download our podcast

How Sweet It Is! – Thane Rosenbaum • Download our podcast

Look Who’s Back – Timur Vermes • Download our podcast

Chronicles – Bob Dylan (r)

Where Women Are Kings – Christie Watson • Download our podcast

Muse: A novel – Jonathan Galassi • Download our podcast

James Merrill: Life and Art – Langdon Hammer • Download our podcast

Orient: A Novel – Christopher Bollen • Download our podcast

A Hand Reached Down to Guide Me: Stories and a novella – David Gates • Download our podcast

The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty: A Novel – Amanda Filipacchi • Download our podcast

Our Brothers at the Bottom of the Bottom of the Sea – Jonathan Kranz • Download our podcast

Generation Loss – Elizabeth Hand • Download our podcast

Available Dark – Elizabeth Hand • Download our podcast

Soldier’s Heart: Reading Literature Through Peace and War at West Point – Elizabeth Samet • Download our podcast

No Man’s Land: Preparing for War and Peace in Post-9/11 America – Elizabeth Samet • Download our podcast

Mademoiselle: Coco Chanel and the Pulse of History – Rhonda K. Garelick • Download our podcast

The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins: A Novel – Irvine Welsh • Download our podcast

Latest Readings – Clive James • Download our podcast

Lionel Asbo: State of England – Martin Amis

The Unexpected Professor: An Oxford Life in Books – John Carey

The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale – Joseph Conrad

Browsings: A Year of Reading, Collecting, and Living with Books – Michael Dirda • Download our podcasts: 1, 2, 3

Everyman – Philip Roth (r)

Katherine Carlyle – Rupert Thomson • Download our 2014 podcast and our 2015 podcast

Under the Poppy – Kathe Koja • Download our podcast

Memory Theater – Simon Critchley

The Witch of Lime Street: Séance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World – David Jaher • Download our podcast

Montaigne – Stefan Zweig

The Daemon Knows: Literary Greatness and the American Sublime – Harold Bloom • Download our podcast

As I Lay Dying – William Faulkner

The Peace Process: A Novella and Stories – Bruce Jay Friedman • Download our podcast

Beware of Pity – Stefan Zweig

Drawing Blood – Molly Crabapple • Download our podcast


Strange Relation: A Memoir of Marriage, Dementia, and Poetry – Rachel Hadas • Download our podcast

Searching for Zion: The Quest for Home in the African Diaspora – Emily Raboteau • Download our podcast

Comics Art – Paul Gravett • Download our podcast

Black Cracker – Josh Alan Friedman • Download our podcast

Stern – Bruce Jay Friedman • Download our podcast

About Harry Towns – Bruce Jay Friedman • Download our podcast

The Current Climate – Bruce Jay Friedman • Download our podcast

Lucky Bruce: A Literary Memoir – Bruce Jay Friedman (r) • Download our podcast

A Mother’s Kisses – Bruce Jay Friedman • Download our podcast

The World of Yesterday – Stefan Zweig (tr. Anthea Bell)

Visible City – Tova Mirvis • Download our podcast

The Elephants Teach: Creative Writing Since 1880 – D.G. Myers • Download our podcast

Hyde – Daniel Levine • Download our podcast

The Bookshop – Penelope Fitzgerald

The Cold Song – Linn Ullmann • Download our podcast: part 1 & part 2

Mortality – Christopher Hitchens

This Is Where We Came In: Intimate Glimpses – Lynne Sharon Schwartz • Download our podcast

All That Is – James Salter

The Divine Comedy, Vol. 1: Inferno – Dante Alighieri (tr. Durling)

The Divine Comedy, Vol. 2: Purgatorio – Dante Alighieri (tr. Durling)

The Impossible Exile: Stefan Zweig at the End of the World – George Prochnik • Download our podcast

Secrecy – Rupert Thomson • Download our podcast

The Divine Comedy, Vol. 3: Paradiso – Dante Alighieri (tr. Durling)

Solaris – Stanislaw Lem (r)

Nose Down, Eyes Up – Merrill Markoe • Download our podcast

Bleeding Edge – Thomas Pynchon

Never Mind – Edward St. Aubyn

The Incentive of the Maggot: Poems – Ron Slate • Download our podcast

Bad News – Edward St. Aubyn

The Great Wave: Poems – Ron Slate • Download our podcast

Some Hope – Edward St. Aubyn

Mother’s Milk – Edward St. Aubyn

At Last – Edward St. Aubyn

My Face for the World to See – Alfred Hayes

The Horned Man – James Lasdun • podcast coming someday!

The Literary Churchill: Author, Reader, Actor – Jonathan Rose • Download our podcast

Doll Palace – Sara Lippmann • Download our podcast

Last Night – James Salter

Where To?: A Hack Memoir – Dmitry Samarov • Download our podcast

The Wife – Meg Wolitzer

The House of Mirth – Edith Wharton

Backing Into Forward: A Memoir – Jules Feiffer • Download our podcast

I Only Read It for the Cartoons: The New Yorker’s Most Brilliantly Twisted Artists – Richard Gehr • Download our podcast

Mr. Wicker – Maria Alexander • Download our podcast

The Getaway Car: A Donald Westlake Nonfiction Miscellany – Donald Westlake (ed. Levi Stahl)

Give + Take – Stona Fitch • Download our podcast

Senseless – Stona Fitch • Download our podcast

All Those Vanished Engines – Paul Park • podcast coming someday!

Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade – Walter Kirn • Download our podcast

A Princess of Roumania – Paul Park • podcast coming someday!

Death Comes for the Archbishop – Willa Cather


Bleak House – Charles Dickens (r)

Confusion – Stefan Zweig

The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War – Fred Kaplan • Download our podcast

Lucky Jim – Kingsley Amis

A Sport and a Pastime – James Salter

Engine Summer – John Crowley • Download our podcast

The Original 1982 – Lori Carson • Download our podcast

Readings: Essays and Literary Entertainments – Michael Dirda • Download our podcast

Distrust That Particular Flavor – William Gibson

The Other Side of the Tiber: Reflections on Time in Italy – Wallis Wilde-Menozzi • Download our podcast

Chess Story – Stefan Zweig (r)

Moby-Dick – Herman Melville (r)

Little, Big – John Crowley (r) • Download our podcast

Sabbath’s Theater – Philip Roth (r)

Portrait Inside My Head: Essays – Phillip Lopate • Download our podcast

To Show and to Tell: The Craft of Literary Nonfiction – Phillip Lopate • Download our podcast

Bug Music: How Insects Gave Us Rhythm and Noise – David Rothenberg • Download our podcast

The Oresteia – Aeschylus (tr. Lattimore) (r)

Payback: The Case for Revenge – Thane Rosenbaum • Download our podcast

A Month in the Country – JL Carr

Checkpoint – Nicholson Baker

Portnoy’s Complaint – Philip Roth (r)

The Death of Ivan Ilych – Leo Tolstoy (r)

Stoner – John Williams

A Month in the Country – JL Carr (r)

Vineland – Thomas Pynchon (r)

The Ministry of Guidance Invites You to Not Stay: An American Family in Iran – Hooman Majd • Download our podcast

Lucky Bruce: A Literary Memoir – Bruce Jay Friedman • Download our podcast

The Book of Calamities: Five Questions About Suffering and Its Meaning – Peter Trachtenberg • Download our podcast

Another Insane Devotion: On the Love of Cats and Persons – Peter Trachtenberg • Download our podcast

Everyman – Philip Roth (r)

The Power of Glamour: Longing and the Art of Visual Persuasion – Virginia Postrel • Download our podcast

The Fifty-First State – Lisa Borders • Download our podcast

The Devil That Never Dies: The Rise and Threat of Global Antisemitism – Daniel Goldhagen • Download our podcast

Solo Faces – James Salter

Getting Personal: Selected Essays – Phillip Lopate • Download our podcast

Barracuda in the Attic – Kipp Friedman • Download our podcast

Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad – Brett Martin • Download our podcast

The Collected Short Fiction of Bruce Jay Friedman – Bruce Jay Friedman • Download our podcast


The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway (r)

The Learners – Chip Kidd

Money – Martin Amis

Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh

Selected Stories – Anton Chekhov (tr. Pevear & Volokhonsky)

Tropic of Cancer – Henry Miller (r)

Travesties – Tom Stoppard

Metropole – Ferenc Karinthy

Inherent Vice – Thomas Pynchon

Coriolanus – Shakespeare

“Family Happiness” / “Happily Ever After” – Tolstoy (tr. Edmonds) (r)

The Living End – Stanley Elkin

Darkness Visible – William Styron

Uncle Vanya – Anton Chekhov

Solaris – Stanislaw Lem

Meditations – Marcus Aurelius

Austerlitz – W.G. Sebald

Selected Stories – Flannery O’Connor

Wise Blood – Flannery O’Connor (r)

Rabbit, Run – John Updike

Housekeeping – Marilynne Robinson

O, How the Wheel Becomes It! – Anthony Powell

Take Time for Paradise – A. Bartlett Giamatti

The Aeneid – Virgil

The Stranger – Camus (r)

I Totally Meant To Do That – Jane Borden • Download our podcast

The Early History of Rome (Books I-V) – Titus Livy

Cultural Amnesia – Clive James • Download our podcast

Rome and Italy: Books VI-X of the History of Rome from its Foundation – Titus Livy

The Sense of an Ending – Julian Barnes

Sea, Swallow Me and Other Stories – Craig Gidney • Download our podcast

An Open Book – Michael Dirda • Download our podcast

Metamorphoses – Ovid (tr. Mandelbaum)

The Good Soldier – Ford Madox Ford

King Lear – Shakespeare (r)

Capital – John Lanchester

Chess Story – Stefan Zweig

Bartleby & Co. – Enrique Vila-Matas

Seven Pleasures – Willard Spiegelman • Download our podcast

The Emigrants – W.G. Sebald

Fifth Business – Robertson Davies (r)

The Manticore – Robertson Davies

World of Wonders – Robertson Davies

The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym – Edgar Allan Poe

World War Z – Max Brooks

Journey into the Past – Stefan Zweig

How the End Begins – Ron Rosenbaum • Download our podcast

Selected Stories – Stefan Zweig

The Silence of Trees – Valya Dudycz Lupescu • Download our podcast

Night Train – Martin Amis

1984 – George Orwell (r)


The Imperfectionists – Tom Rachman

A Question of Upbringing – Anthony Powell

The Age of Innocence – Edith Wharton

A Buyer’s Market – Anthony Powell

The Acceptance World – Anthony Powell

1959: The Year Everything Changed – Fred Kaplan • Download our podcast

Arcadia – Tom Stoppard (r)

At Lady Molly’s – Anthony Powell

Time’s Arrow – Martin Amis

Slaughterhouse-Five – Kurt Vonnegut (r)

The Leopard – Giuseppe di Lampedusa

Casanova’s Chinese Restaurant – Anthony Powell

A River Runs Through It“- Noman Maclean (r)

The Kindly Ones – Anthony Powell

Nemesis – Philip Roth

The Valley of Bones – Anthony Powell

Bespoke: Savile Row Ripped and Smoothed – Richard Anderson

The Most Human Human: What Talking with Computers Teaches Us About What It Means to Be Alive – Brian Christian

Everyman – Philip Roth

The Soldier’s Art – Anthony Powell

Zero History – William Gibson

The Junket (Kindle Single) – Mike Albo

The Military Philosophers – Anthony Powell

The Leopard – Giuseppe di Lampedusa (r)

Books Do Furnish a Room – Anthony Powell

The Finkler Question – Howard Jacobson

Temporary Kings – Anthony Powell

Wise Blood – Flannery O’Connor

Hearing Secret Harmonies – Anthony Powell

Scoop – Evelyn Waugh

The Trial – Franz Kafka

Hitch-22 – Christopher Hitchens


Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell

Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger (r)

Winesburg, Ohio – Sherwood Anderson

The Ask – Sam Lipsyte

The Night of the Gun – David Carr

Indignation – Philip Roth

The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B and Back Again) – Andy Warhol

Pattern Recognition – William Gibson (r)

Less Than Zero – Bret Easton Ellis

Imperial Bedrooms – Bret Easton Ellis

Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad (r)

Holy Terror: Andy Warhol Close Up – Bob Colacello

Fly Fishing with Darth Vader – Matt Labash

The Iliad – Homer (r)

Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro

The Odyssey – Homer (r)

Black Swan Green – David Mitchell


The Last Good Kiss – James Crumley

The Hot Rock – Donald Westlake

The Complete Essays – Michel de Montaigne

Liar’s Poker – Michael Lewis

The Lemur – Benjamin Black

Raise High the Roof Beam Carpenters and Seymour, an Introduction – J.D. Salinger

Nine Stories – J.D. Salinger

Franny and Zooey – J.D. Salinger

Antony and Cleopatra – William Shakespeare

Killing Yourself To Live – Chuck Klosterman

Arcadia – Tom Stoppard (r)

The Hunter – Richard Stark (a.k.a. Donald Westlake)

Killshot – Elmore Leonard

Moby Dick – Herman Melville (r)

George, Being George – Nelson Aldrich, Jr. (ed.)

When The Shooting Stops … The Cutting Begins: A Film Editor’s Story – Ralph Rosenblum and Robert Karen

On Writing – Stephen King

Up in the Air – Walter Kirn • Download our podcast

Gould’s Book of Fish – Richard Flanagan (r)

Hadji Murat – Tolstoy

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon

Everyman – Philip Roth


The Counterlife – Philip Roth (r)

The Solitudes – John Crowley • Download our podcast

No Country for Old Men – Cormac McCarthy

Exit Ghost – Philip Roth

A Fan’s Notes – Frederick Exley (r)

Love and Sleep – John Crowley • Download our podcast

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao – Junot Diaz

Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad (r)

Lush Life – Richard Price

The Secret Sharer – Joseph Conrad

Lord Jim – Joseph Conrad

Daemonomania – John Crowley • Download our podcast

Netherland – Joseph O’Neill

Endless Things – John Crowley • Download our podcast

The Dunwich Horror – H.P. Lovecraft

Camp Concentration – Thomas Disch

Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk – Peter L. Bernstein

A Reader’s Manifesto – B.R. Myers

The Beast in the Jungle – Henry James

The Good Rat – Jimmy Breslin

Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko – Blake Bell

When Genius Failed – Roger Lowenstein

The Death of Ivan Ilych – Leo Tolstoy (r)

The Long Goodbye – Raymond Chandler (r)

Samaritan – Richard Price

The Spy in the Ointment – Donald Westlake (r)

The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald (r)

Heyday – Kurt Andersen


Under the Volcano – Malcolm Lowry

The One from the Other – Philip Kerr

Ella Minnow Pea – Mark Dunn

Snow – Orhan Pamuk

The Iliad – Homer (r)

Taliban – Ahmed Rashid

Then We Came to the End – Joshua Ferris

Mergers & Acquisitions – Dana Vachon

Flashman – George MacDonald Fraser

Seven Types of Ambiguity – Elliot Perlman

Aspects of the Novel – E.M. Forster

Amsterdam – Ian McEwan

Oedipus the King – Sophocles (tr. Grene) (r)

About Writing – Samuel R. Delany

The Metamorphosis – Franz Kafka (r)

Oedipus at Colonus – Sophocles (tr. Grene) (r)

Saturday – Ian McEwan

The Look of Architecture – Witold Rybczynski • Download our podcast

London Fields – Martin Amis

The Ghost Writer – Philip Roth (r)

79 Short Essays on Design – Michael Bierut

Zuckerman Unbound – Philip Roth (r)

Spook Country – William Gibson

Rock n Roll – Tom Stoppard

Middlemarch – George Eliot

A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole (r)

Love is a Mix Tape – Rob Sheffield

The Anatomy Lesson – Philip Roth (r)

The Misanthrope – Moliere

The Songlines – Bruce Chatwin (r)

An American Dream – Norman Mailer


The Death and Life of Great American Cities – Jane Jacobs

The Big Picture: The New Logic of Money and Power in Hollywood – Edward Jay Epstein

Times Square Red, Times Square Blue – Samuel R. Delany

The Other Hollywood: The Uncensored Oral History of the Porn Film Industry – Legs McNeil & Jennifer Osborne

The Substance of Style – Virginia Postrel • Download our podcast

Letters from New Orleans – Rob Walker

Gin: The Much Lamented Death of Madam Geneva – Patrick Dillon

Norwood – Charles Portis

Richard II – William Shakespeare (r)

Henry IV, Part 1 – William Shakespeare (r)

Masters of Atlantis – Charles Portis (r)

Henry IV, Part 2 – William Shakespeare (r)

Henry V – William Shakespeare (r)

Geek Love – Katherine Dunn

I’m Losing You – Bruce Wagner

Clockers – Richard Price

Explaining Hitler – Ron Rosenbaum • Download our podcast

The Power Broker – Robert Caro

Arcadia – Tom Stoppard (r)

All the King’s Men – Robert Penn Warren (r)

The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril – Paul Malmont

Gilead – Marilynne Robinson

Gravity’s Rainbow – Thomas Pynchon (r)

Pride & Prejudice – Jane Austen

With Nails – Richard E. Grant

Little, Big – John Crowley • Download our podcast

Even the Rhinos Were Nymphos – Bruce Jay Friedman • Download our podcast

Chronicles, Vol. 1 – Bob Dylan

Dark Reflections – Samuel R. Delany

Gringos – Charles Portis

Kaddish – Leon Wieseltier

March Violets – Philip Kerr

The Pale Criminal – Philip Kerr

A German Requiem – Philip Kerr

The Shakespeare Wars – Ron Rosenbaum • Download our podcast


The System of the World – Neal Stephenson

On the Natural History of Destruction – W.G. Sebald

Swann’s Way – Marcel Proust (r)

Preston Falls – David Gates (r) • Download our podcast

Within a Budding Grove – Marcel Proust (r)

The Virgin Suicides – Jeffrey Eugenides

The Guermantes Way – Marcel Proust

Sodom and Gomorrah – Marcel Proust

The Captive – Marcel Proust

The Fugitive – Marcel Proust

Time Regained – Marcel Proust

The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain (r)

Perfume – Patrick Susskind

The Underminer – Mike Albo and Virginia Heffernan

Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert (r)

A Farewell To Arms – Ernest Hemingway (r)

A Canticle for Leibowitz – Walter Miller, Jr.

How Proust Can Change Your Life – Alan De Botton

Don Quixote – Miguel De Cervantes (r)

Number9Dream – David Mitchell

Tender Is the Night – F. Scott Fitzgerald (r)

The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway (r)

Pale Fire – Vladimir Nabokov (r)

Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam Cooke – Peter Guralnick

Why New Orleans Matters – Tom Piazza

The Future and Its Enemies – Virginia Postrel • Download our podcast


Intelligence Wars – Thomas Powers

Into the Wild – Jon Krakauer

Hadji Murat – Leo Tolstoy (r)

Radiance – Carter Scholz

The Beach – Alex Garland

We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families – David Gourevitch

The Elsewhere Community – Hugh Kenner

The Tesseract – Alex Garland

Phallos – Samuel R. Delany

Stars In My Pocket Like Grains of Sand – Samuel R. Delany

Psychotic Reactions & Carburetor Dung – Lester Bangs

Trainspotting – Irvine Welsh • Download our podcast

Foucault’s Pendulum – Umberto Eco

Porno – Irvine Welsh • Download our podcast

Flaubert’s Parrot – Julian Barnes

Ajax – Sophocles

Quicksilver – Neal Stephenson

The Confusion – Neal Stephenson


Prague – Arthur Phillips

Gould’s Book of Fish – Richard Flanagan

Pattern Recognition – William Gibson

The Immensity of the Here and Now – Paul West

The Business of Books – Andre Schiffrin

The Immensity of the Here and Now – Paul West (r)

The Muse Asylum – David Czuchlewski

The Coast of Utopia I: Voyage – Tom Stoppard

The Coast of Utopia II: Shipwreck – Tom Stoppard

The Coast of Utopia III: Salvage – Tom Stoppard

Master Class – Paul West

Cryptonomicon – Neal Stephenson

Moneyball – Michael Lewis

The Immensity of the Here and Now – Paul West (r)

Men in Black – Scott Spencer

The Plague – Albert Camus

Carter Beats the Devil – Glen David Gold

The Fall of the Towers – Samuel R. Delany

The Diamond Age – Neal Stephenson

Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov (r)

American Gods – Neil Gaiman

Gould’s Book of Fish – Richard Flanagan (r)


Lit Life – Kurt Wenzel

Plowing the Dark – Richard Powers

Screen – Barry Malzberg

The Place In Flowers Where Pollen Rests – Paul West (r)

The Mad Man – Samuel R. Delany (r)

Invisible Cities – Italo Calvino (r)

Ravelstein – Saul Bellow

Red Harvest – Dashiell Hammett

The Cheese Monkeys – Chip Kidd

Desolation Road – Ian McDonald (r)

The Counterlife – Philip Roth

Jernigan – David Gates (r) • Download our podcast

The Dying Animal – Philip Roth

The Debt to Pleasure – John Lanchester

Why Orwell Matters – Christopher Hitchens

Atlantis: Three Tales – Samuel R. Delany

Ghostwritten – David Mitchell


Book Business – Jason Epstein

Going Native – Stephen Wright (r)

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – Hunter Thompson

Been Down So Long, It Looks Like Up To Me – Richard Farina (r)

The Dog of the South – Charles Portis

The Place In Flowers Where Pollen Rests – Paul West (r)

Dhalgren – Samuel R. Delany

Much Ado About Nothing – William Shakespeare (r)

The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald (r)

The Corrections – Jonathan Franzen

Swann’s Way – Marcel Proust (r)

The Mad Man – Samuel R. Delany


Enigma – Richard Harris

This Wild Darkness – Harold Brodkey

Loose Balls – Jayson Williams

Harlot’s Ghost – Norman Mailer

I Married a Communist – Philip Roth

The Ground Beneath Her Feet – Salman Rushdie

The Place in Flowers Where Pollen Rests – Paul West

The Human Stain – Philip Roth

The Wonders of the Invisible World – David Gates • Download our podcast

The Secret Parts of Fortune – Ron Rosenbaum • Download our podcast

Richard II – William Shakespeare (r)

Ciphers – Paul Di Filippo • Download our podcast

The Lost Scrapbook – Evan Dara

The Biographer’s Tale – A.S. Byatt

Turn of the Century – Kurt Andersen

Alcestis – Euripides

Oedipus the King – Sophocles (r)

Oedipus at Colonus – Sophocles (r)

House of Leaves – Mark Z. Danielewski


The Greek Philosophers – WKC Guthrie

Literary Lives: George Orwell

The Professor and the Madman – Simon Winchester

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold – John Le Carre

All the King’s Men – Robert Penn Warren

The Einstein Intersection – Samuel R. Delany

Masters of Atlantis – Charles Portis

The Sound and the Fury – William Faulkner

Absalom, Absalom! – William Faulkner

History of the Peloponnesian War – Thucydides

The Designated Mourner – Wallace Shawn

The Singing Detective – Dennis Potter (r)

1984: Collected Letters – Samuel R. Delany

Shorter Views – Samuel R. Delany


Preston Falls – David Gates • Download our podcast

American Pastoral – Philip Roth

Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy (r)


Deception – Philip Roth (r)

Don Quixote – Miguel De Cervantes

Mason & Dixon – Thomas Pynchon

Idoru – William Gibson


Hapgood – Tom Stoppard

Miss America – Howard Stern

Indian Ink – Tom Stoppard

Arcadia – Tom Stoppard (r)

Infinite Jest – David Foster Wallace

CivilWarLand in Bad Decline – George Saunders

Miss Lonelyhearts – Nathanael West

Remote – David Shields

High Fidelity – Nick Hornby

Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up To Me – Richard Farina (r)

Gravity’s Rainbow – Thomas Pynchon (r)

Mumbo Jumbo – Ishmael Reed

Omens of Millennium – Harold Bloom • Download our podcast

A Tomb for Boris Davidovich – Danilo Kis


The Judgment – Franz Kakfa

The Porcupine – Julian Barnes

The Overcoat – Nikolai Gogol

Seize the Day – Saul Bellow

The Crying of Lot 49 – Thomas Pynchon (r)

Hadji Murat – Leo Tolstoy

Portnoy’s Complaint – Philip Roth (r)

Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov

V. – Thomas Pynchon (r)

Zuckerman Bound – Philip Roth

Operation Shylock – Philip Roth

Arcadia – Tom Stoppard

The Recognitions – William Gaddis

Three Farmers on Their Way to a Dance – Richard Powers

Sabbath’s Theater – Philip Roth

Galatea 2.2 – Richard Powers

Travesties – Tom Stoppard

Microserfs – Douglas Coupland

City of Glass – Paul Auster

Ghosts – Paul Auster

The Locked Room – Paul Auster

Phaedrus – Plato (r)

Spring 1995 (St. John’s College)

Endgame – Samuel Beckett

Particles and Luck – Jones

Leviathan – Paul Auster

Amusing Ourselves to Death – Neil Postman

Mao II – Don DeLillo

Tooth Imprints on a Corn Dog – Mark Leyner

White Noise – Don DeLillo

Meditations on First Philosophy – Rene Descartes

The Republic – Plato (r)

The Woman Lit by Fireflies – Jim Harrison

Winter Break 1994/95

The Misanthrope – Moliere

Daisy Miller – Henry James

Meno – Plato (r)

Medea – Euripides

Fall 1994 (St. John’s College)

The Nature of Things – Lucretius

The Pugilist at Rest – Thom Jones

Discourse on the Method – Rene Descartes (r)

The Odyssey – Homer (r)

Spring 1994 (St. John’s College)

VOX – Nicholson Baker

The Republic – Plato (Bloom)

Life After God – Douglas Coupland

The Prince – Machiavelli (r)

Second Treatise on Government – John Locke

Second Discourse On Inequality – Jean-Jacque Rousseau

Elements of the Philosophy of Right – Hegel

Summer 1994

Going Native – Stephen Wright

Immortality – Milan Kundera

What They Did to Princess Paragon – Rob Rodi

Winter Break 1993/94

The Divine Invasion – Philip K.Dick

The Transmigration of Timothy Archer – Philip K.Dick

Fall 1993 (St. John’s College)

Iliad – Homer (r)

Franny and Zooey – JD Salinger

Sexing the Cherry – Jeanette Winterson

Among the Dead – Michael Tolkin

Odyssey – Homer (r)

The Writing Life – Annie Dillard

King Lear – William Shakespeare (r)

Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad (r)

Oresteia – Aeschylus (r)

Turn of the Screw – Henry James

Oedipus the King / Antigone – Sophocles (r)

The Bakkhai – Euripides

Hippolytus – Euripides

VALIS – Philip K.Dick

Summer 1993

Neuromancer – William Gibson (r)

The Moviegoer – Walker Percy

The Bonfire of the Vanities – Tom Wolfe

Justine – Lawrence Durrell

Swann’s Way – Marcel Proust

The Last Gentleman – Walker Percy

Balthazar – Lawrence Durrell

Within a Budding Grove – Marcel Proust

Elvissey – Jack Womack

All the Pretty Horses – Cormac McCarthy

Mountolive – Lawrence Durrell

Last Notes from Home – Frederick Exley

Love in the Ruins – Walker Percy

Virtual Light – William Gibson

Clea – Lawrence Durrell

Spring 1993 (Hampshire)

Crito – Plato

Apology – Plato

Black Spring – Henry Miller

Animal Farm – George Orwell

Frankenstein – Mary Shelley

Fast Sofa – Bruce Craven

The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro

1984 – George Orwell (r)

Goodbye Columbus – Philip Roth

A River Runs Through It – Norman Maclean (r)

Tropic of Cancer – Henry Miller (r)

Appointment in Samarra – John O’Hara

Pages from a Cold Island – Frederick Exley

Generation X – Douglas Coupland (r)

Marco Millions – Eugene O’Neill

The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway

Much Ado About Nothing – William Shakespeare

Mostly Harmless – Douglas Adams

Winter Break 1992/93

Jernigan – David Gates (r) • Download our podcast

Howard’s End – EM Forster

Factotum – Charles Bukowski (r)

Slaughterhouse-Five – Kurt Vonnegut (r)

Tropic of Cancer – Henry Miller (r)

Snow Crash – Neal Stephenson

Tender is the Night – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Fall 1992 (Hampshire)

Gilgamesh – Gardner / Maier

Oresteia – Aeschylus (Lattimore)

Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera (r)

Inside the Whale – George Orwell

A River Runs Through It – Norman Maclean

The Secret History – Donna Tartt

Medea – Euripides (Warner)

Euthyphro – Plato

Krazy Kat – Jay Cantor

Et Tu, Babe – Mark Leyner

A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole

Bright Lights, Big City – Jay McInerney

A Fan’s Notes – Frederick Exley (r)

Summer 1992

A Fan’s Notes – Frederick Exley

The Man in the High Castle – Philip K. Dick

1984 – George Orwell

Tropic of Cancer – Henry Miller (r)

The Songlines – Bruce Chatwin (r)

Camp Concentration – Thomas Disch

Factotum – Charles Bukowski

Naked Lunch – William S. Burroughs (r)

Helen – Euripides (Meagher)

A Farewell to Arms – Ernest Hemingway

Neuromancer – William Gibson (r)

Generation X – Douglas Coupland

Count Zero – William Gibson (r)

Meno – Plato (r)

Mona Lisa Overdrive – William Gibson (r)

Jernigan – David Gates • Download our podcast

Phaedo – Plato

Theaetetus – Plato

The Long Goodbye – Raymond Chandler (r)

A Commentary on Plato’s Meno – Jacob Klein

The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald (r)

Phaedrus – Plato (r)

Spring 1992 (Hampshire)

Gilgamesh – tr. Mason

Nature – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Signs of the Times – Carlyle

Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens

Typee – Herman Melville

Bleak House – Charles Dickens

Poetics of Music – Igor Stravinsky

Moby-Dick – Herman Melville (r)

The Brothers Karamazov – Fyodor Dostoevsky (Pevear / Volokhonsky) (r)

The Fall – Albert Camus

Our Mutual Friend – Charles Dickens

The Confidence Man – Herman Melville

Winter Break 1991/92

Candide – Voltaire (r)

The Man Who Was Thursday – GK Chesterton

Death in Venice – Thomas Mann (r)

Billy Budd – Herman Melville

Othello – William Shakespeare

Oedipus the King / Oedipus at Colonus / Antigone – Sophocles

War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy

The Merchant of Venice – William Shakespeare

The Consolation of Philosophy – Boethius

The Winter’s Tale – William Shakespeare

Fall 1991 (Hampshire)

The Odyssey – Homer (Fitzgerald)

Macbeth – William Shakespeare (r)

King Richard the Second – William Shakespeare

Childhood, Boyhood, and Youth – Leo Tolstoy

King Henry the Fourth, part I – William Shakespeare

King Henry the Fourth, part II – William Shakespeare

King Henry the Fifth – William Shakespeare (r)

Culture and Anarchy – Matthew Arnold

Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy

The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories – Leo Tolstoy

As You Like It – William Shakespeare

Father Sergius / Master and Man / The Kreutzer Sonata – Leo Tolstoy

The Metamorphosis – Franz Kafka

Hamlet – William Shakespeare (r)

The Tempest – William Shakespeare (r)

Phaedrus – Plato

Slam – Lewis Shiner

Resurrection – Leo Tolstoy

King Lear – William Shakespeare (r)

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance – Robert Pirsig (r)

Symposium – Plato

Lila – Robert Pirsig

The Prince – Machiavelli

Summer 1991

V. – Thomas Pynchon (r)

The Art of Fiction – John Gardner

The Illuminatus! Trilogy – Shea & Wilson

The Most Beautiful Woman in Town – Charles Bukowski

Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert

Out on Blue Six – Ian McDonald

My Cousin, My Gastroenterologist – Mark Leyner

Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card

Serial Killers – Norris

Earth – David Brin

Greasy Lake and Other Stories – T. Coraghessan Boyle

The Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco

Long Time Coming and a Long Time Gone – Richard Farina

The Difference Engine – William Gibson, Bruce Sterling

Homeboy – Seth Morgan

Patrimony – Philip Roth

King Henry the Fifth – William Shakespeare

One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia-Marquez

The Iliad – Homer (Fitzgerald)

Good Omens – Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett

Spring 1991 (Hampshire)

Galaxies – Barry Malzberg

Poor Folk – Fyodor Dostoevsky

Clocks and Culture – Cipolla

Theory of the Novel – Georg Lukacs

Dubliners – James Joyce

The Double – Fyodor Dostoevsky

Deception – Philip Roth

Notes from Underground – Fyodor Dostoevsky

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – James Joyce (r)

History of Sexuality, Vol. I – Michel Foucault

Civilization and Its Discontents – Sigmund Freud

The Moonstone – William Willkie Collins

Sentimental Education – Gustave Flaubert

Old Goriot – Honore De Balzac

The Possessed – Fyodor Dostoevsky

Red Dragon – Thomas Harris

The Silence of the Lambs – Thomas Harris

The Heart of Darkness – James Conrad (r)

Desolation Road – Ian McDonald (r)

The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera (r)

Winter Break 1990/91

Naked Lunch – William S. Burroughs

Green Eyes – Lucius Shepard

The Bushwhacked Piano – Thomas McGuane

Junky – William S. Burroughs

Tropic of Cancer – Henry Miller (r)

“Death in Venice” – Thomas Mann

Fall 1990 (Hampshire)

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man – James Joyce

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – William Shakespeare

The Long Goodbye – Raymond Chandler

Mona Lisa Overdrive – William Gibson (r)

The Crying of Lot 49 – Thomas Pynchon (r)

Pale Fire – Vladimir Nabokov

Aura – Carlos Fuentes

Words Without Pictures – ed. Niles

Summer 1990

In Patagonia – Bruce Chatwin

The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald (r)

Ivory – Mike Resnick

Life During Wartime – Lucius Shepard

Moby-Dick – Herman Melville

The Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger (r)

Burning Chrome – William Gibson (r)

Islands in the Net – Bruce Sterling

The Singing Detective – Dennis Potter

Been Down So Long It Seems Like Up To Me – Richard Farina (r)

Peter Pan – JM Barrie

Zen in the Art of Writing – Ray Bradbury

If the River was Whiskey – T. Coraghessan Boyle

Gravity’s Rainbow – Thomas Pynchon

Presumed Innocent – Scott Turow

Spring 1990 (Hampshire)

Concrete Island – JG Ballard

Fifth Business – Robertson Davies

Neuromancer – William Gibson (r)

Zen in the Art of Archery – Eugen Herrigel

The Maltese Falcon – Dashiell Hammett

The Songlines – Bruce Chatwin

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson

Faust, part I – Goethe

Metrophage – Richard Kadrey

Winter Break 1989/90

King Lear – William Shakespeare

The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera

Vineland – Thomas Pynchon

The Stranger – Albert Camus

Mother Night – Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Alice in Wonderland / Through the Looking-Glass – Lewis Carroll

Fall 1989 (Tulane)

Brothers Karamazov – Fyodor Dostoevsky (Garnett)

Mr. Palomar – Italo Calvino

V. – Thomas Pynchon

The Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul – Douglas Adams

Cat’s Cradle – Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain

Software – Rudy Rucker

The Doors of Perception – Aldous Huxley

Jonathan Livingston Seagull – Bach

Eclipse – John Shirley

Hedda Gabler – Henrik Ibsen

Cryano de Bergerac – Rostrand

Hamlet – William Shakespeare

Oedipus the King – Sophocles

The Postman Always Rings Twice – James M. Cain

The Rubai’yat of Omar Khayyam – Fitzgerald

Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde

Waiting for Godot – Samuel Beckett

Frontera – Lewis Shiner

The Tempest – William Shakespeare

The Fountainhead – Ayn Rand

Candide – Voltaire

First Love and Other Sorrows – Harold Brodkey

Do the Right Thing screenplay – Spike Lee

A Streetcar Named Desire – Tennessee Williams

The Glass Menagerie – Tennessee Williams

Death of a Salesman – Arthur Miller

Three Sisters – Anton Chekhov


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