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I finally saw Leonard Cohen a few months ago, and it's like someone
who has been writing songs to the emotional soundtrack of my
I am a huge fan of Michael Chabon and Andreas Camilleri, and
Michael Ondaatje. I'll read anything they write.
( I knew I shared a birthday with Bob Dylan, but Michael Chabon
shares it too! How auspicious!).
I am omnivorous, but prefer a little protein with an otherwise
A friend on Facebook nominated me to list ten books that have been
meaningful to me. There are a few more that have been crucial to my
life yet these ten hold a personal significance for me:
1. Winnie-the-Pooh, A.A. Milne. It was mine, my own book! And I had
a record of Jimmy Stewart reading it, with that inimitable voice
saying, “…under the name of Saunders.”
2. Just So Stories, Rudyard Kipling. An explanation of the world
that made as much sense in second grade as anything I have heard
since. A perfect book when one is ‘scruciating idle while on the
banks of the grey-green, greasy Limpopo River, all set about with
3. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl. I picked this up
at the Harrison NY Library, brand new in the Children’s section
when it first came out. I was in third grade, and it opened a whole
new world of fantasy to me, where anything might happen, as long as
your grandparents were all in one bed and you all ate your cabbage
4. Swallows and Amazons, Arthur Ransome. Yes, anyone could have a
5. The Once and Future King, T. H. White. A week lost in the
Arthurian legend, a tale of honor and avoidance of war if at all
6. Steal This Book, Abbey Hoffman. A treatise on revolutionary
action to stop corporate dominance.
7. Dubliners, James Joyce. A wonderful lesson on how language can
be used to evoke a situation.
8. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Alexander Solzhenitsyn.
Despite the horror of a Siberian labor camp, beneath it all is a
lesson on being presnt and in the moment, being as cheerful as
possible, finding gratitude in a scrap of bread.
9. Myth of Sisyphus/The Stranger/The Plague, Albert Camus. Three
books on existentialism that are gloomy as hell, yet necessary so
that instead of slitting one’s wrist, one can whistle and dance
walking down the hill to roll that stone back up.
10. Man’s Search For Meaning, Viktor Frankl. One of those books
that ties so much together, not an answer, but a guide to one’s own
learning and awareness.