posted on Nov, 17 2008 @ 10:14 PM
As a creative writing major, I find these statistics both shocking and strangely suspect. True, it could be that I am denying this for my own self
interests, but the idea that 80% of families in the US haven't bought a book in the last year seems ridiculous.
What about the successes of Harry Potter, Twilight, The Golden Compass, The Road, and all the other books that are currently (and in the past several
months) have been critical raves that have seemed to infiltrate the culture?
Either way, even if the statistics ARE true, I think we have a generation coming up who will have grown up with reading all kinds of books, and our
culture will benefit from it.
My essential reading list (for all interested)
Moby Dick is probably one of the single greatest books ever written. It certainly is my favorite book of all time, and I feel that it should be read
A more modern classic is Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy. This book is astounding in it's levels of genius, and anyone who reads it will be shocked
by the profoundness of it.
White Noise by Don DeLillo is a great read that discusses many of the things talked about in this thread (also while taking some shots at the elitist
Gravity's Rainbow, and The Crying of Lot 49, both by Thomas Pynchon are both fantastic books that trick you into using your mind in new ways.
In terms of fantasy and lighter fare, I would recommend American Gods by Neil Gaiman, The Terror by Dan Simmons and The Yiddish Policeman's Union by
Good reading, people!