Catch22This is another Facebook meme, brought to you by my friend Jacob, who asked for an almost stream-of-consciousness list of ten books that have stuck with me over the years. Without much thought, here you go:

Breakfast of Champions, Kurt Vonnegut: Sort of ties together nearly everything else Vonnegut wrote. And I’ve read them all.

The Power Elite, C. Wright Mills: Has a lot to do with my political leanings.

Catch-22, Joseph Heller: There is no better portrait of the military (and, by extension, government).

A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving: Delves into questions of faith vs. religion.

The Power of Myth, Joseph Campbell and Bill Moyers: We’re all related. Our myths say so.

Grateful Dead Gear, Blair Jackson: I have dozens of Grateful Dead-related biographies; this one, which tells the story of the band through its guitars, sound systems and recording studios, may be my favorite.

High Fidelity, Nick Hornby: I see myself all over this book.

Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail, Hunter Thompson: I still want to do this.

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Tom Wolfe: When I first read this decades ago, it tied together all kinds of interests in one place for me.

Sweet Thursday, John Steinbeck: Picking one Steinbeck book is tough; this might be my favorite because it’s the funniest.


  1. Great list of books! I’ve read some and there are some great ones for future reads. Going to check out the dead book ASAP!


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