Reading Material

I stumbled upon this list of \”essential reading for men\”, and it intrigued me enough to actually browse the entire list. I certainly haven\’t read everything on the list, but I was surprised how many of the \”classics\” I\’d read in school – I guess my education wasn\’t half bad after all. I picked up A Confederacy of Dunces a while back, and still need to get to that, but I

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thought I\’d single out two books in particular which you may not have read. It\’s getting more likely that many of you have read Into Thin Air, especially with the release of the film version of the Krakauer\’s other well-known work, Into The Wild, but I need to single it out anyway. It really is that good, and unlike a lot of the other books on the list. I suppose I should also read Into The Wild someday, huh? The other one that I have to recommend is White Noise, by Don DeLillo. It\’s a pretty quick read, but very good, and interestingly relevant to today\’s America, considering it was written in 1985. Yes, I\’m leaving this intentionally vague – just go read it. What about you all? Any books on this list that you\’ve read and would recommend?







2 responses to “Reading Material”

  1. Explosive Bombchelle Avatar

    The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli is a mandatory read for any person interested in political theory. It is interesting, insightful and can still be applied to our society generations after its initial publication.

    I have been meaning to re-read J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye as an adult. Somehow I think it would be much more powerful now that it is not a mandatory read in 10th grade English.

    I know there is a certain author on this website who will vehemently disagree, but I think Steinbeck is one of the most overrated authors in literary history and have yet to complete and/or enjoy any of his works.

    How To Win Friends And Influence People by Dale Carnegie is a fast read and incredibly useful in the corporate world.

    Animal Farm by George Orwell is another book I should read as an adult. It is kinda like watching Bugs Bunny as a child and thinking it was just a funny cartoon and catching it as an adult and realizing the complexity of the character relationships and the references to politics and culture.

    The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin is on my list of must reads, if you happen to tackle it please let me know if it is worth the time dedication!

    There are many others I have read but honestly, cannot remember details at all which is shameful, I should really start reading these books rather then Glamour magazine.

  2. alex Avatar

    I didn’t read Animal Farm until I was in my early 20s, and I found it quite entertaining. I think the same is true for Catcher… but either way it’s one of my favorite books, and I’ve re-read it within the last five years.

    I did finally ready A Confederacy of Dunces, as threatened. I’ll write up a full review sometime soon, but overall I’m not terribly impressed.

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