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especially Consider The Lobster and Brief Interviews with Hideous Men. Why is this free, though?
It looks like it's links to the magazines that originally published it, like the New Yorker and Harpers.
Shipping Out is one of my favourites of his. Don't read Incarnations of Burned Children unless you're feeling too happy and want some despair to bring you back to a normal level.
Other recommendations: Middlemarch, the Chekhov plays, Heart of Darkness, Hemingway, Tender is the Night.
Really enjoyed consider the Lobster (the piece itself). Read a few other bits in there. Have tried and failed with getting beyond first few chapters of Infinite Jest.
Need to read more like his piece on the campaign trail and that Federer as Religious Experience piece which is one of the greatest things I've ever read.
Mind blowing isn't it ?
But when I was a teenager I had a bit of correspondence with Richey from the Manics who recommended a few books on that list:
Blake - Selected poems; Dostoevsky - Notes from the Underground; Eliot - The Waste Land; Fitzgerald - Tender is the Night; Ginsberg - The Howl; Huxley - Brave New World; Orwell - 1984; Wilde - Picture of Dorian Gray.
All of them are pretty good.
That is an amazing name-drop.
you can stop after the first section tho
i mean, you can also read the whole thing, but the first section stands alone very well, and, page for page, is probably better "value"
not exactly easy going though. depends what you're after.
Victor Hugo - The Man Who Laughs
It's dry, a bit list heavy at points, but still great.
On that list The Stranger and the complete works of HP Lovecraft stand out for me as worth getting.