Earlier this year, before the “David Bowie Is” retrospective opened in Toronto, David Bowie revealed his top 100 must read books. The list provides a captivating look into the mind behind Ziggy Stardust and Major Tom. I like that Bowie’s list is expansive and diverse – including comics, autobiography, history, counter-culture, travel writing, poetry and lots of fiction. I also like that the books are relatively new, with only two selections being written before he was born. Bowie is known as “a voracious reader” who is reputed to read as much as “a book a day”. Here they are in reverse chronological order.
After the low-brow posts below I guess I’ll put up something a little more high-brow. Lapham’s Quarterly has been kickin’ it hard online lately. In fact, nearly half of their latest issue is available free online. Good stuff in here folks, take some time to have a good look. I have been particularly entertained by the charts and graphs. The diagram below is one of my favorites from the tons of fun literary diagrams (and plain ol’ smart thinking) you’ll find inside.
diagram via Lapham’s Quarterly
I just looked up the cover of the Time magazine that was out on the date of my birth. Somehow the cover seemed kind of appropriate for today. Maybe. You can find the cover that was published during the week you were born too.