William Walsh’s “Literary Pillars”

After examining three bookshelf walls in our home—one in the living room and two in the basement (one on the “finished” side of the basement and one of the side of the basement with the boiler and the washer/drier), here’s a list of fifty books that pillar my reading and writing life:

  1. Success by Martin Amis
  2. Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson
  3. Leviathan by Paul Auster
  4. The Fermata by Nicholson Baker
  5. 60 Stories by Donald Barthelme
  6. The Watch by Rick Bass
  7. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
  8. Among the Thugs by Bill Buford
  9. The Most Beautiful Woman in Town by Charles Bukowski
  10. The Stranger by Albert Camus
  11. Cathedral by Raymond Carver
  12. Spanking the Maid by Robert Coover
  13. Samuel Johnson is Indignant by Lydia Davis
  14. White Noise by Don DeLillo
  15. The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
  16. The White Album by Joan Didion
  17. American Tabloid by James Ellroy
  18. Zeroville by Steve Erickson
  19. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  20. Rock Springs by Richard Ford
  21. The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene
  22. In Our Time by Ernest Hemingway
  23. Reasons to Live by Amy Hempel
  24. Jesus’ Son by Denis Johnson
  25. Lost in the City by Edward P. Jones
  26. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
  27. Dubliners by James Joyce
  28. Ulysses by James Joyce
  29. Billy Phelan’s Greatest Game by William Kennedy
  30. Executioner’s Song by Norman Mailer
  31. Wittgenstein’s Mistress by David Markson
  32. Cruel Shoes by Steve Martin
  33. Michael Martone by Michael Martone
  34. Lila +  Spence by Bobbi Anne Mason
  35. Anagrams by Lorrie Moore
  36. The Moons of Jupiter by Alice Munro
  37. The Only Good Things Anyone Has Ever Done by Sandra Newman
  38. My Father’s Son by Frank O’Connor
  39. The Four Ways of Computing Midnight by Francis Phelan
  40. Slow Learner by Thomas Pynchon
  41. A Sport and a Pastime by James Salter
  42. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  43. To Absent Friends by Red Smith
  44. The Palm at the End of the Mind by Wallace Stevens
  45. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
  46. American Genius by Lynne Tillman
  47. Killings by Calvin Trillin
  48. Collected Stories by Eudora Welty
  49. Birdsong by James P. White
  50. The Collected Poems by W.B. Yeats
  51. Editor’s Note: This list is part of Big Other’s Tribute to William H. Gass’s 88th Birthday.

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