Ok, heres to the art of the Novel (and a well crafted history/biography too of course).
In this thread I want imput. If there was a class on being a bluelighter, what would you have to read to take it?
I'll get us started with a big old
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Go Ask Alice by someone I can't remember
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll
On the Road by Jack Kerouak
I'm sure y'all have plenty to add, and I will too later.
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
This is a pretty good account of Ken Kesey's wacky adventures during the sixties, the era that brought drug culture into the spotlight.
Also One Flew Over the Cukoo's Nest by Ken Kesey is a good anti-establishment book for all you government haters.
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Gates of Perception Aldous Huxley
Tao Te Ching Lao Tzu (getting a good translation of this made a world of difference for me)
There's more... can't think of them though...
[quote]Originally posted by Looper:
Gates of Perception Aldous Huxley
Erm... Dyou mean Doors of Perception?? I was gonna suggest that. Its one of the only books I've read multiple times. Don't forget Heaven and Hell if you haven't read it, it's a kind of follow up.
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No, Gates of Perception! It's... erm... very hard to find... it's about Huxley on pills and talking about gurning and his love for euphoric trance...
Naseau by Jean-Paul Sartre....for all those with existential yearnings out there........
"The Perks of Being a Wallflower" by Stephen Chbosky
By no means a difficult read; just thought provoking.
"The Long, Hard Road Out Of Hell" by Marilyn Manson.
I'm reading it now, and I'm really diggin it! He puts things in such a neat perspective, makes me think...
my girlfriend finally got me to read perks.
i sat down and read it in one evening.
i wish i would have done so a lot sooner.
Ecstacy Club by Douglas Rushkoff is a great read, especially for ppl on BL.
^^ I was about to recommend Ecstasy Club. Absolutely amazing book...
and NO, people, its not about a bunch of e-tards, the book is a mind-fawk!
fuck 'em if they can't take a joke by me (as yet unpublished).
don't forget the sequel, mike smith don't fuck around.
go ask alice is by 'anonymous'.
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1984 - George Orwell
EVERYONE should read this book, not just BL'ers.
Good taste, bdreligrrl.
some Irvine Welsh should be added to the list, along with the handbook for when drugs go wrong, Requiem for a dream by Hubert Selby Jr.
I heard a rumour that Go Ask Alice was produced by the gov't as anti-drug propaganda.
Dharma Bums - Jack Kerouac (beat stuff is amazing)
Tao Te Ching - basis for Taoism, led me to many a good trip
Tihkal (just kidding
I was also going to recomend the 'Ecstacy club', I didnt LOVE it but I imagine most blers would.
I'm gonna recomend pretty much anything by william S Burroughs especially 'Junky' (of course!) & 'the naked lunch'.
'The alchemist' by Paulo Coelho , 'Veronika decides to die' by him is great as well, neither are drug books , but simple philosophical ideas.
umm I have read so many great books i'll add to this list as I remember them.
Oooh one more - 'Perfume: the story of a murderer)' by Patrik suskind. a fucking great , dark book.
[quote]Originally posted by Yesterday:
[b]go ask alice
HAHA I love that book! I also think that it is mostly made up druggie horror story meant to scare little kids.
OK here's a few from my all-time favorite list (in no particular order):
Vurt - Jeff Noon (of course)
The Silmarillion - J. R. R. Tolkein
Infinite Jest - David Foster Wallace (took me many months but I finally finished it... and it's fucking amazing)
The Trial - Franz Kafka
White Noise - Don Delillo
Last Exit To Brooklyn - Hubert Selby, Jr. (I think I saw another Selby fan up there )
The Stranger - Albert Camus
Tropic Of Cancer - Henry Miller
The Haunting Of Hill House - Shirley Jackson
The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Big Sleep - Raymond Chandler
The Chronicles Of Narnia - CS Lewis
The Illustrated Man (short stories)- Ray Bradbury
The Perennial Philosophy (nonfiction) - Aldous Huxley (another extremely difficult read, but to quote Hansel: "It changed my whole perspective on shit")
The Man Who Fell To Earth - Walter Tevis
Keep the book suggestions coming, I'm constantly on the lookout for new stuff.
Yesterday: Thank You for making this thread.
the perks of being a wallflower - stephen chbosky
anything by charles bukowsky
anything by douglas coupland
catcher in the rye - s.d. sallinger
fight club - chuck palahniuk
alice in wonderland - lewis carroll
naked lunch - william burroughs
acid house - irvine welsh
the stranger - albert camus
1984 - george orwell
anything by kafka
I'd like to add...
Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson,
The Crow Road, by Iain Banks,
American Gods, by Neil Gaiman
Choke - by Chuck Palahniuk
anything by Kurt Vonnegut
Anybody else ever read anything by Tom Robbins (Jitterbug Perfume, Skinny Legs and All, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Another Roadside Attraction)
His style abseloutely blows my mind.
I've said it before, but Salman Rushdie makes me wet when I read his stuff. The Ground Beneath Her Feet is my favorite, but Midnight's Children is probably his best known.
Has anyone ever read a book by Salinger which was like a On The Road minus the drugs. A friend was telling me about it and I can't remember what it was called.
Also, on the topic of Huxley, I completely forgot about Island, which imo is better than Brave New World. Its about a utopian commune island somewhere in the South Pacific.
Whhooeee, I'm going to turn this shit off and read.
Well off the top of my desk...
Survivor - CHuck Palahniuk
American Psycho - Ellis
On the Road - Kerouac
Naked Lunch - Burroughs
The Art of War - SUn Tzu
The Beach - Alex Garland
Ecstasy - Welsh
Less than Zero - Ellis
A Clockwork Orange - Burgess
Requiem for a Dream - Hubert Selby
Fight Club - Palahniuk
-Watership Down is a must
-anything by Tom Robbins (good call Yesterday)
-White Noise, by Don Delillo (Curious Yellow - I love that one too!)
-Red Earth and Pouring Rain, by Vikram Chandra
-a minimum of three religions texts, such as Tao te Ching, the christian bible, the Quran, etc. (these just happen to be a few of the ones i have on my shelves)
-Prozac Nation, by Elizabeth Wurtzel (sp?)
-the chronicles of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis
-The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
-god america i, by ee cummings (short poem, but more powerful than most books I've ever read)
-Fountainhead, by Ayn Rand
-any or all of the unedited diares of Anais Nin
-Philosophy on Ethics, Michele Foucault
-the Dark Tower series, by Stephen King
There are about a hundred more, but these are the first I could think of from my 'main' bookshelves.
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