Friday, February 13, 2004
Five Solid Books
Fun time from Crooked Timber: They're listing books written after 1970 that every educated person ought to have read. So I'm listing five books here that I think are indispensable:
  • Theories of Modern Art by Herschel Chipp

  • The Periodic Table by Primo Levi

  • The Emigrants by W.G. Sebald

  • A Dictionary of Modern American Usage by Bryan Garner

  • The History of Sexuality by Michel Foucault
Chose these books more by desert isle/favored spots on bookshelf criteria than by smarty standards, so were I to write that list again right now, the books would be different, and both Italo Calvino and Umberto Eco would get their fair shake.

No one can resist writing about books.