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Shakespeare.. Austin.. a dictionary.. what should every bookcase have?
Oxford Dictionary of Popes
that you'll never actually read
to make sure no stinky girls come in and mess up your stuff
probably written by Quentin Letts or some other waste of oxygen
Complete Brothers Grimm
Some Dickens / Shakespeare
Crowley and biographies of
For the Historical shelf it is clearly a complete set of Amtrak Wars
Or have read.
bit vain and pompous just having a load of books you'll likely never read again on show in your house init.
but I like books :(
where they came up with such a great idea I will never know.
university level textbooks you'll never touch again
Being & Time - because I actually fucking read it and made a shitload of notes in it and it's the only proof that I did anything during my degree
Infinite Jest - because I'll read it a few more times I'm sure
Slavoj Zizek - Living in the End Times - because it was expensive but of course I'll never even open it
Hemingway, Steinbeck, Orwell, Joyce, Miller, Kafka, Hardy, Wilde. Pretty much any Penguin modern classic. Maybe a smattering of poetry - Yeats, Larkin.
Cookbooks. Decent non-fiction on your chosen subject such as music. A dictionary. A bible.
here's donald barthelme's opinion on the subject:
i'm kind of against the idea of a fixed canon or whatever that EVERYONE should own. so here's a list of some books that i think would improve any bookcase, though aren't 'essential', mostly things that it's possible to drop in and out of:
the feynman lectures on physics
p.a.m. dirac 'lectures on quantum mechanics'
albert einstein 'on relativity'
the eric hobsbawm 'age of...' series
stewart home 'assault on culture: utopian currents from lettrism to class war'
paris interviews compendiums
lorrie moore 'collected stories'
feyerabend 'against method'
wittgenstein 'philosophical investigations'