Top 100 Books

Even having this list include 100 books is probably not enough, if I list an entire 100 there'll probably be more that pop into my head that seem like they belong here. [In fact, I initially just listed 50 books & the list was woefully incomplete - so I made it my "Top 100" instead. Critics will note that very few women authors are represented, this is not intended as a critique of women authors, I simply listed the 1st 100 books that came to mind as having been important to me & haven't tried to fudge that to meet any particular quota.]

I've listed some of my own books too because, hey!, I think they belong here. Other than myself, I only 'allow' one book per author on here. That doesn't mean that there aren't more that belong here, I'm just trying to get as many authors in as I can - hence Joyce's "Ulysses" 'loses out' to Joyce's "Finnegans Wake" when both, obviously, belong. Roussel's "Impressions of Africa" loses out to "Locus Solus" even though they're both amazing, etc.. In some cases I cheat a little when 2 books are published as one: Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass" & West's "The Dream Life of Balso Snell / A Cool Million".

Books by friends of mine tend to be left off - not because they aren't great but because interpersonal relations tend to complicate things a bit too much.

They're listed in alphabetical order rather than according to a rating because there's no way I believe in a hierarchy that can absolutely put one above the other. They all have something extraordinary to offer. When the titles are links, the links will mostly, or entirely, be to my reviews of the books.

I've read all the books picked except for Stanley Milgram's "Obedience to Authority" which is so important to me anyway that I just had to include it.

- September 17 [revised October 5], 2017 note from tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE


001. "A" - Louis Zukofsky

002. Against the Day - Thomas Pynchon

003. Alice In Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll

004. American Assassins - The Darker Side of Politics - James W. Clarke

005. Apocalypse Culture - edited by Adam Parfrey

006. Art And The Future: A History Prophecy Of The Collaboration Between Science, Technology And Art - Douglas M. Davis

007. Assemblage, Environments, & Happenings - Allan Kaprow

008. The Atrocity Exhibition - J.G. Ballard

009. At Swim Two Birds - Flann O'Brien

010. Attention, Move! This is America! - Margot Henry

011. A Void - George Perec

012. The Banquet Years - Roger Shattuck

013. The Blaster Al Ackerman Omnibus - "Blaster" Al Ackerman

014. Bleak House - Charles Dickens

015. Blueprint for a Higher Civilization - Henry Flynt

016. Book of the Damned - Charles Fort

017. The Book of the SubGenius: Being the Divine Wisdom, Guidance, and Prophecy of J.R. "Bob" Dobbs..

018. The Buenos Aires Quintet - Manuel Vázquez Montalbán

019. Carnival - the first panel: 1967-70 - Steve McCaffery

020. Cassette Mythos - edited by Robin James

021. Chris Burden - Chris Burden

022. The Complete Works of Marcel Duchamp - Arturo Schwarz

023. Conceptual Art - Ursula Meyer

024. Concrete Poetry: A World View - Mary Ellen Solt

025. Conversation in the Cathedral - Mario Vargas Llosa

026. Cover to Cover - Michael Snow

027. Dada: Monograph of a Movement - Willy Verkauf

028. The Death Ship - B. Traven

029. Dennis Oppenheim: Retrospective Work, 1967-1977 - Dennis Oppenheim, Alain Parent, Louise Letocha

030. Diagram of Historical Development of Fluxus and Other 4 Dimensional, Aural, Optic, Olfactory, Epithelial and Tactile Art Forms. - George Maciunas

031. The Dice Man - Luke Rhinehart

032. The Dream Life of Balso Snell / A Cool Million - Nathanael West

033. Expanded Cinema - Gene Youngblood

034. Experimental Animation: An Illustrated Anthology - Robert Russett & Cecile Starr

035. Experimental Music - Cage & beyond - Michael Nyman

036. Exploits & Opinions of Dr. Faustroll, 'Pataphysician - Alfred Jarry

037. Fantastic Architecture - Michael Schuyt, Joost Elffers, George R. Collins

038. Film as a Subversive Art - Amos Vogel

039. Finnegans Wake - James Joyce

040. footnotes - tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE

041. Formalized Music - Iannis Xenakis

042. Gargantua & Pantagruel - Rabelais

043. The German guerrilla: terror, reaction, and resistance - Hans Joachim Klein

044. Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid - Douglas R. Hofstadter

045. Going to Meet the Man - James Baldwin

046. Grapefruit - Yoko Ono

047. great western salt works: essays on the meaning of Post-Formalist art - Jack Burnham

048. Guerrilla Television - Michael Shamberg & Raindance Corporation

049. Hannah Weiner's Open House - Hannah Weiner

050. Happenings - Michael Kirby

051. "Harlem Gallery" and Other Poems - Melvin B. Tolson

052. High Priest - Timothy Leary

053. HiTEC (Histrionic Thought Experiment Cooperative) "Systems Management" - tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE & HiTEC

054. The Hobbit - J.R.R.Tolkein

055. Hopscotch - Julio Cortazar

056. How to Write a Resumé - Volume II: Making a Good First Impression - tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE

057. Improper Names - Collective Pseudonyms from the Luddites to Anonymous - Marco De Seriis

058. Kon-Tiki: Across The Pacific By Raft - Thor Heyerdahl

059. The L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E Book - edited by Charles Bernstein & Bruce Andrews

060. Locus Solus - Raymond Roussel

061. The Many-Headed Hydra - Marcus Rediker & Peter Linebaugh

062. Me and Frumpet. An adventure with size and science - Evans G. Valens, Edward Teller

063. Mind of a Mnemonist - A. R. Luria

064. The Monkey's Wrench - Primo Levi

065. A Neoist Research Project

066. Notations - edited by John Cage

067. Obedience to Authority - Stanley Milgram

068. OPEN SPACE 15/16

069. Outsider Art - Roger Cardinal

070. Paradigm Shift Knuckle Sandwich & other examples of P.N.T. (Perverse Number Theory) - tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE

071. Performance: Live Art, 1909 to the Present - Roselee Goldberg

072. The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia - Alfred W. McCoy

073. Prisoner of Love - Jean Genet

074. Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist - Alexander Berkman

075. The Recognitions - William Gaddis

076. Red Harvest - Dashiell Hammett

077. Ringolevio - Emmett Grogan

078. Robopaths - Lewis Yablonsky

079. Schemes & Variations - Emmett Williams

080. Scribble Death - Franz Kamin

081. The Search for the Perfect Language - Umberto Eco

082. Self-Discovery - Vladimir Savchenko

083. The Sheep Look Up - John Brunner

084. Sleepers Awake - Kenneth Patchen

085. The Soft Machine - William S. Burroughs

086. Source - Music of the Avant-Garde, 1966-1973

087. Space - Clark Coolidge

088. Such is Life - Tom Collins

089. Text-Sound texts - edited by Richard Kostelanetz

090. t he bk / t he referent 4 wch consists of / t he transparent punch-outs from a letter/whatever stencil - Michael Frederick Tolson et al

091. The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch - Philip K. Dick

092. The Tremor of Forgery - Patricia Highsmith

093. Triton - Sumuel R. Delaney

094. The Twelve Caesers - Suetonius

095. Typewriter Art - edited by Alan Riddell

096. The Ugly Swans - Arkady and Boris Strugatsky

097. Der Untertan - Heinrich Mann

098. Vanishing Voices - The Extinction of the World's Languages - Daniel Nettle & Suzanne Romaine

099. Vertov from Z to A - edited by Peggy Ahwesh & Keith Sanborn

100. Why Birds Sing - David Rothenberg






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