Looks at books
Crooked Timber has an interesting post and comment section on must-read books published since 1970. I was glad to see a lot of my favorites there, including Italo Calvino’s If On A Winter’s Night A Traveler, DeLillo’s White Noise, and even The World According To Garp. I enjoy these lists and feel that they’re a great service to people who really love books.
Since my favorite book, The Origin of the Brunists was published in 1967 and doesn’t qualify, my two suggestions would be Gloria Emerson’s Winners and Losers: Battles, Retreats, Gains, Losses, and Ruins from the Vietnam War in non-fiction, and Ethan Canin’s The Palace Thief for fiction.
If more of the war-lovers had read Emerson’s book (and good luck finding a copy), maybe we’d be a better country today.
Bonus: Short stories that must be read:
Cynthia Ozick’s The Shawl
Tobias Wolff’s In The Garden Of The North American Martyrs
Alice Elliott Dark’s In The Gloaming.
The good news is that Crooked Timber’s Harry is going to compile the suggestions.
Go over and make a suggestion…as long as it isn’t Cryptonomican (shudder).