Derek White’s “Literary Pillars”

1.    Battlefield Where the Moon Says I Love You—Frank Stanford
2.    My Life in the Bush of Ghosts—Amos Tutuola
3.    Anti-Oedipus—Gilles Deleuze & Félix Guattari
4.    The Sound and the Fury—William Faulkner (& As I Lay Dying)
5.    Don Quixote—Miguel Cervantes
6.    Hero With a Thousand Faces—Joseph Campbell
7.    Man and His Symbols—Carl Jung
8.    The World as Will and Representation—Arthur Schopenhauer
9.    Wittgenstein’s Mistress—David Markson
10.  Codex Seraphinianus—Luigi Serafini
11.  Finnegans Wake—James Joyce
12.  The Age of Wire and String—Ben Marcus
13.  The Selfish Gene—Richard Dawkins
14.  On Growth and Form—D’Arcy Thompson
15.  Frankenstein—Mary Shelley
16.  Stories in the Worst Way—Gary Lutz (& his others)
17.  The Odyssey—Homer
18.  Cathedral—Raymond Carver (& his others)
19.  Motorman—David Ohle
20.  Log of the S.S. The Mrs. Unguentine—Stanley Crawford
21.  Dreams of a Robotic Dancing Bee—James Tate (& his others)
22.  The Feynman Lectures on Physics—Richard Feynman
23.  The Crying of Lot 49—Thomas Pynchon (& also V.)
24.  Journey to the End of the Night— Céline
25.  Collected Fictions—Jorge Luis Borges
26.  A Humument—Tom Phillips
27.  Silence—John Cage
28.  Archive Fever—Jacques Derrida (& generally his opus)
29.  Excitability—Diane Williams
30.  Blood Meridian—Cormac McCarthy
31.  For Whom the Bell Tolls—Ernest Hemingway
32.  Creative Evolution—Henri Bergson (& Matter and Memory)
33.  Canto General—Pablo Neruda
34.  The Singing Fish—Peter Markus
35.  In Watermelon Sugar—Richard Brautigan
36.  Black Elk Speaks—John G. Neihardt
37.  Tropic of Cancer—Henry Miller
38.  Blindness—José Saramago
39.  The Fountainhead—Ayn Rand
40.  One Hundred Years of Solitude—Gabriel Garcia Marquez
41.  A History of the Imagination—Norman Lock
42.  Kamby Bolongo Mean River—Robert Lopez (& others)
43.  Garden State—Rick Moody
44.  White Noise—Don Delillo
45.  Envisioning Information—Edward Tufte
46.  The Atrocity Exhibition by J.G. Ballard (& The Drowned World)
47.  The Wild Boys—William Burroughs (& Naked Lunch)
48.  The Catcher in the Rye—J.D. Salinger
49.  The Stranger—by Albert Camus (& others)
50.  The Popol Vuh
51.  The I Ching
52.  Grimm’s Fairy Tales—the Brothers Grimm

Editor’s Note: This list is part of Big Other’s Tribute to William H. Gass’s 88th Birthday.

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