Thursday, June 26, 2008

"Let us read then, you and I..."



The unlikely mashup of T.S. Eliot and Portishead from The Elegant Variation.

To go along with the clip, Oprah's Magazine has a list of 5 Books Everyone Should Read At Least Once:

1) Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

2) Four Quartets by T.S. Eliot

3) The Wisdom of the Desert: Sayings from the Desert Fathers of the Fourth Century
translated by Thomas Merton

4) Waiting for Godot
by Samuel Beckett

5) Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

I would include Lolita for my Top 5 but the rest are fairly arbitrary which I suppose is the nature of lists. I might swap out Eliot with Whitman. Have to think about it some more. It depends on the list requirements and or qualifications too. Does there have to be a play? A poet? Non-fiction? Too many variables. Discuss amongst yourselves. Suggestions welcome. As our subject nouns.

3 comments:

Churlita said...

I don't know how anyone can pick just 5 top books, movies or songs, and stick to them. It all depends what mood I'm in...And there isn't one book there written by a woman. You know I'm going to take issue with that.

Dexter said...

The irony is that it's Oprah's magazine and its not top 5 of all time just books that everyone should read once. The New Yorker recently had a piece about a bookseller and he related this quote between a couple when the seller was working the streets of NY. "Do you want to get a book?".... "No, I have a book."

Dexter said...

And I did not even notice that none of them were women. Another great point about the difficulties of making lists.