Open Culture has shared a list of American writer, musician, and photographer Patti Smith‘s favourite books. Included among the 2008 list are titles by Mikhail Bulgakov, Hermann Hesse, Joseph Conrad, Charlotte Brontë, Nikolai Gogol, André Breton, Albert Camus and Virginia Woolf. Smith also lists a number of titles associated with the Beat Generation and other post-war American literature, including Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs, and J. D. Salinger. Mike Springer reproduces the complete list, with brief commentary, over at the Open Culture website.
Sam Jordison unpacks the strangeness and peculiarity of J.D. Salinger’s lesser known work:
“Franny and Zooey is a fascinating book, but after living with it for a few weeks, I’m not sure I’d recommend it to anyone looking for an introduction to JD Salinger. Or even to anyone wondering what to pick up after A Catcher in the Rye.”
More at The Guardian.
From Arthur Lubow (The New York Times):
Her own residence, though, is the chief attraction. More than five years after her death, the house still feels inhabited by the woman who called it home. Dresses and coats hang in the closet. Magazines and diaries fill the bookshelves, which display the breadth of Bourgeois’s interests, including the “Joy of Cooking,” the Bhagavad Gita and J.D. Salinger’s “Nine Stories.” (more…)