“Being rich is not about how much money you have or how many homes you own; it’s the freedom to buy any book you want without looking at the price and wondering if you can afford it.” ― John Waters, Role Models
For my first post I feel like I have to get something off my chest…
I admit it. I’m a Bibliotaph… A collector of books. I’m obsessed and I can’t stop. It feels like an illness, a real overwhelming obsession. Am I mad, Doc!?
But, wait a second! Don’t call the doctor – it feels… GREAT!
I love books – books about murder, books about cults, books about jazz or about the occult; books on the décor in dictators’ homes, Weimar-era Berlin, sex in Ancient Rome; books about books, poetry, plays, books for all seasons, a book for each day…
Enough with the Dr Seuss spiel.
I love books. Well, collecting books. And over the past four years I have managed to accumulate around 540 of the buggers. My real trouble is… I’ve barely read any of them! Maybe 50ish in total? That’s not great, is it – an impotent library.
Sure, I dip in and out of the non-fiction and poetry books, but I’ve not seriously sat down and consumed as many as I should have. So I’ve made a list – just a short one – of the top 18 books (poetry not included) which I aim to read this year.
I’m a pretty slow reader and I could blame the internet or the fast modern world which we live in for distracting me and keeping me away from all these glorious books, but I won’t.
I henceforth will strive to read, read, read and gorge on this platter of paperbacks which I have included below.
So, there we are. I’ve been publicly shamed. Now I’m off to read a book.
- Show Your Work – Austin Kleon
- Perversion (Ideas in Psychoanalysis) – Claire Pajaczkowska
- The Art of Creative Thinking – Rod Jenkins
- Sex and Rockets: The Occult World of Jack Parsons – John Carter
- Ways of Seeing – John Berger
- Misogynies – Joan Smith
- Marquis de Sade – David Carter
- The Victorian Underworld – Kellow Chesney
- Bob Dylan: Watching The River Flow 1966-1995 – Paul Williams
- Dictator’s Homes – Peter York
- Meat is Murder – Mikita Brottman
- Innocent When You Dream: Tom Waits’ Collected Interviews – Mac Montandon
- The Odyssey – Homer
- Writing In Restaurants – David Mamet
- Chronicles Volume One – Bob Dylan
- The Labyrinth and Other Stories – Luis Borges
- The Bloody Chamber – Angela Carter
- David Cronenberg: Interviews – Serge Grunberg