The OTHER Canon

Following, a list of books that I consider the classics of our time (and slightly before), in no particular order:

· William Burroughs (Junky, Naked Lunch)
· Nick Hornby (High Fidelity, Fever Pitch)
· Augusten Burroughs (Running With Scissors, Dry)
· Nicholson Baker (U and I, The Mezzanine)
· Denis Johnson (Jesus’ Son, Resuscitation of a Hanged Man)
· Colby Buzzell (MY WAR)
· Dan Chaon (Among the Missing, You Remind Me of Me)
· Jim Thompson(The Killer Inside Me)
· Richard Wright (Black Boy, Native Son)
· Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting, The Acid House, Porno)
· Charles Bukowski (Screams From the Balcony, Tales of Ordinary Madness, Ham On Rye)
· Jerry Stahl (Permanent Midnight)
· Chuck Palahniuk (Fight Club, Choke, Survivor)
· Daniel Clowes (Ghost World, Ice Haven)
· John Albert (Wrecking Crew)
· James Robert Baker (Fuel-Injected Dreams)
· Ralph Ellison(Invisible Man)
· Melvin Burgess (Smack, Junk)
· Dennis Cooper (God Jr.)
· Luke Davies (Candy)
· Brett Easton Ellis (Less Than Zero, The Rules of Attraction)
· James Fogle (Drugstore Cowboy)
· Hubert Selby (Last Exit to Brooklyn, Requiem For A Dream, The Demon)
· Hunter S. Thompson (The Rum Diary, Hell’s Angels, Fear and Loathing)
· Jack Kerouac (On The Road, The Dharma Bums, Desolation Angels)
· Poppy Z. Brite (Prime, Liquor, Exquisite Corpse)
· ZZ Packer (Drinking Coffee Elsewhere)
· J.T. LeRoy (The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things, Sarah, Harold’s End)
· James Frey (A Million Little Pieces, My Friend Leonard)
· Joseph Heller (Catch-22, Something Happened)
· Dan Pope (In The Cherry Tree)
· C.D.Payne (Youth In Revolt: The Nick Twisp Series)
· Henry Miller (Tropic of Cancer, The Air-Conditioned Nightmare)
· William Kennedy (Ironweed, Legs)
· J.D. Salinger (The Catcher In the Rye, Franny and Zooey)
· J.G. Ballard (Crash, The Drowned World)
· Joseph Heller (Catch-22)
· Elizabeth Wurtzel (Prozac Nation)
· Ken Kesey (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest)
· Susanna Kaysen (Girl, Interrupted)
· Jay McInerney (Bright Lights, Big City, The Story of My Life)
· SE Hinton (Rumble Fish, The Outsiders)
· Sylvia Plath (The Bell Jar)
· Hermann Hesse (Demian, Steppenwolf, Siddhartha)
· George Orwell (1984)
· Ray Bradbury (The Illustrated Man)
· Earnest Hemingway (The Sun Also Rises, For Whom the Bell Tolls)
· William Golding (Lord of the Flies)
· James Joyce (Portrait of the Artist)
· Kurt Vonnegut (Slaughterhouse-Five, Cat’s Cradle)
· Walker Percy (Love In the Ruins)
· Albert Camus (The Plague, The Fall, The Stranger)
· Robert Pirsig (Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance)
· Alex Garland (The Beach, The Coma)
· Frank Miller (Sin City, Ronin)
· Henry Rollins (Black Coffee Blues, BANG!)
· Charles Portis (The Dog of the South, Norwood)
· Gabriel Garcia Marquez (100 Years of Solitude, Love In the Time of Cholera)

Please leave any suggestions for additions to the list, complaints about someone who’s appeared here.

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One response to “The OTHER Canon

  1. Thanks. It’s definitely a really fantastic writing. I would definitely recommend it! Fantastic writing.

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