Top 50 Books

Even having this list include 50 books is probably not enough, if I list an entire 50 there'll probably be more that pop into my head that seem like they belong here. [In fact, I have just listed 50 books & the list is woefully incomplete - it's tempting to make it my "Top 100". 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 50 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.

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.

- September 17, 2017 note from tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE


01. Against the Day - Thomas Pynchon

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

03. The Atrocity Exhibition - J.G. Ballard

04. A Void - George Perec

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

06. Bleak House - Charles Dickens

07. The Book of Breeething - William S. Burroughs

08. Cassette Mythos - edited by Robin James

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

10. Conversation in the Cathedral - Mario Vargas Llosa

11. Cover to Cover - Michael Snow

12. The Death Ship - B. Traven

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

14. Experimental Music - Cage & beyond - Michael Nyman

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

16. Finnegans Wake - James Joyce

17. footnotes - tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE

18. Formalized Music - Iannis Xenakis

19. Gargantua & Pantagruel - Rabelais

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

21. Grapefruit - Yoko Ono

22. Happenings - Michael Kirby

23. Hopscotch - Julio Cortazar

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

25. Impressions of Africa - Raymond Roussel

26. Life A User's Manual - George Perec

27. Locus Solus - Raymond Roussel

28. A Manual for Manuel - Julio Cortazar

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

30. Mason & Dixon - Thomas Pynchon

31. The Monkey's Wrench - Primo Levi

32. Notations - edited by John Cage

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

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

35. Prisoner of Love - Jean Genet

36. Red Harvest - Dashiell Hammett

37. Robopaths - Lewis Yablonsky

38. The Search for the Perfect Language - Umberto Eco

39. The Sheep Look Up - John Brunner

40. The Soft Machine - William S. Burroughs

41. Such is Life - Tom Collins

42. A Suspension of Mercy - Patricia Highsmith

43. 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

44. Thousand Mile Song - David Rothenberg

45. Triton - Sumuel R. Delaney

46. Ulysses - James Joyce

47. Der Untertan - Heinrich Mann

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

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

50. Why Birds Sing - David Rothenberg







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