Recommended Reading

Here is a list of texts that I find to have substantial value.  Obviously it’s nearly impossible to construct a list containing all the works I find valuable, so I picked and chose those I found most interesting and important. This is a list that, if you only had 6-12 months to read, I would recommend. I try and update it now and then.


The Stranger by Albert Camus (I prefer the Matthew Ward translation)

Kafka on the Shore, Dance Dance Dance, Norwegian Wood, & After Dark by Haruki Murakami

Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

The Absent City by Ricardo Piglia

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa

Native Son by Richard Wright

White Noise by Don Delillo

Neuromancer by William Gibson


Howl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg

All-American Poem & Mayakovsky’s Revolver by Matthew Dickman

The City in Which I Love You by Li-Young Lee

Forgiveness Parade by Jeffery McDaniel

Nine Horses by Billy Collins

Donkey Gospel & What Narcissism Means to Me by Tony Hoagland

Yellowrocket by Todd Boss


Existentialism is a Humanism by Jean-Paul Sartre

Atheism: The Case Against God by George H. Smith

Postmodernist Fiction by Brian McHale

12 Rules for Life by Jordan Peterson (popular philosophy)


Beginner’s Mind by Shunryu Suzuki

Lyrical & Critical Essays by Albert Camus

Last updated 11 December 2019

1 Response to Recommended Reading

  1. Avid Reader says:

    I love that you added Chicano to this list! I am going to add a few of these onto my list of books to read…

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s