Thursday, August 7, 2008
books you should read.
Now don't let my lackluster "synopsis" turn you off, it's very early as i write this, but if you truly want some great reads, check these out, they're very fascinating character studies
that completely keep you riveted (well it did for me.)
I am drawn to complex, multilayered characters and my two favorite authors are kings of these
subjects, so please give it a chance, all these books can be found at the new york public library as well.
for NYers especially, or anyone that likes flawed protagonists but in a funny poignant way,
i'd say check out ARTHUR NERSESIAN'S complete bibliography
* The Fuck-Up (1997)
down on his luck, screw up finds his world fallign apart so bad he has to work at a gay porn theater and pose gay while keeping his heterosexuality hidden. (it's fucking hilarious.)
* Manhattan Loverboy (2000)
pathetic scumbag gets his life taken over by a rich scumbag.
* Dogrun (2000) girl's boyfriend o.d.'s on her couch finds out he was messing around behind her back when all the women start pouring into her life.
* Suicide Casanova (2002)
creepy guy finds the porn star from his past he always had a thing for and vows to control her.
Chinese Takeout (2003) New York: an artist has to scrape by while falling love with a heroin addict.
* Unlubricated (2004)
girl tries to pull a scam on the theater scen by producing a play said to be made by a genius, her flies start to come back and haunt her.
* The Swing Voter of Staten Island
a surreal vision of an alternate New York city in chaos. truly epic.
if you like some great surreal books that twist reality, check out the complete english translated bibliography of
i'd say start out with his novel "NORWEGIAN WOOD"
it deals with a young college man, who while trying to deal with life, has an undying love for a girl with bi-polar disorder. it's a great read.
for pulpy books read "the yiddish policeman's union" and "adventures of kavalier and clay"by michael chabon
also Ryu MURAKAMI's "Coin locker babies" (two orphans *left in coin lockers as children*) grow up to find their mothers and exact revenge.