2016 Reading List

Alex Ross – The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century

Junot Diaz – The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Bob Dylan – Tarantula

Haruki Murakami – The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Ian F Svenonius – Censorship Now!!

Henry Miller – Black Spring

James Joyce – Finnegans Wake

Jorge Luis Borges – A Universal History of Iniquity

Patricio Pron – My Fathers’ Ghost Is Climbing in the Rain

Haruki Murakami – A Wild Sheep Chase

Ruth Ozeki – A Tale For The Time Being

Tim O’Brien – The Things They Carried

Marcel Proust – Swann’s Way

Marilyn Monroe – Fragments: Poems, Intimate Notes, Letters

Ernest Hemingway – A Farewell to Arms

Carl Wilson – Let’s Talk About Love (331/3 series)

Thomas Hobbes – Leviathan

Orlando Figes – A People’s Tragedy: The Russian Revolution: 1891-1924

Jorge Luis Borges – Ficciones

Hermann Hesse – Steppenwolf

Theodore M. Bernstein – The Careful Writer

David McCullough – The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge

Raymond Carver – What We Talk About When We Talk About Love

Cormac McCarthy – The Road

Kurt Vonnegut – Sucker’s Portfolio

Joan Didion – The White Album

Kurt Vonnegut – Fates Worse Than Death

Henry Miller – The Air-Conditioned Nightmare

Greil Marcus – Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock ‘n’ Roll

Kurt Vonnegut – Palm Sunday

Henry Miller – Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch

Kurt Vonnegut – Wampeters, Foma and Granfalloons

Mary Shelley – Frankenstein

Joseph Heller – Portrait of an Artist, as an Old Man*

George Orwell – Down and Out in Paris and London*

Thomas Pynchon – V.

Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs – And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks

James Baldwin – Go Tell It On The Mountain

John Milton – Paradise Lost

Steven Hyden – Your Favorite Band Is Killing Me: What Pop Music Rivalries Reveal About The Meaning Of Life

Kurt Vonnegut – Armageddon In Retrospect

Haruki Murakami – Kafka On The Shore

Henry Miller – The Cosmological Eye

Gustave Flaubert – Madame Bovary

David Sedaris – Naked

Anton Chekhov – The Essential Tales of Chekhov (edited by Richard Ford)

Jonathan Franzen – Freedom

George Saunders – CivilWarLand In Bad Decline

Bret Easton Ellis – American Psycho

Alex Ross – Listen To This

Bryan Waterman – Television’s Marquee Moon (33 1/3 Series)

Kurt Vonnegut – We Are What We Pretend To Be: The First and Last Works

F. Scott Fitzgerald – The Crack-Up

Kurt Vonnegut – While Mortals Sleep: Unpublished Short Fiction

Simon Rich – Ant Farm: And Other Desperate Situations

Jack Kerouac – Dharma Bums

Kurt Vonnegut – Look at the Birdie: Unpublished Short Fiction

E.B. White – Essays of E.B. White

Kurt Vonnegut and Lee Stringer – Like Shaking Hands with God: A Conversation About Writing

Sherwood Anderson – Winesburg, Ohio

Arthur Koestler – Darkness at Noon

Norman Mailer – The Naked and the Dead

Bill Bryson – A Shot History of Nearly Everything

J. Bradford Hipps – The Adventurist

Sara Marcus – Girls To The Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution

John Szwed – Alan Lomax: The Man Who Recorded the World

Joe Klein – Woody Guthrie: A Life

John Darnielle – Wolf in White Van

Fyodor Dostoyevsky – Notes from Underground

Joe Harvard – The Velvet Underground And Nico (331/3 Series)

Bob Mehr – Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements

David Foster Wallace – Consider the Lobster and Other Essays

Jonathan Clements – Anime: A History

Ian Condry – The Soul of Anime

Patti Smith – M Train

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – The Little Prince

Paul Bowles – The Sheltering Sky

Raymond Queneau – Exercises in Style

Rob Sheffield – Love Is a Mix Tape

Mark Pendergrast – Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World

William H. Ukers – All About Coffee

James Freeman, Caitlin Freeman, and Tara Duggan – The Blue Bottle Craft of Coffee

Tom Gauld – Mooncop

T.R. Reid – The Healing of America: A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care

Elisabeth Askin, MD & Nathan Moore, MD – The Health Care Handbook: A Clear and Concise Guide to the American Health Care System

Clayton M. Christensen – The Innovator’s Prescription: A Disruptive Solution for Health Care*

Jack Kerouac – Big Sur

David Goldhill – Catastrophic Care

Musicians And Their Favorite Books: Jonathan Ben-Menachem (Whitewash) – Gravity’s Rainbow

Musicians And Their Favorite Books: Jonathan Ben-Menachem (Whitewash) – Gravity’s Rainbow


Welcome to the first installment of Musicians And Their Favorite Books. Every month I feature a NYC musician who writes about one of their favorite books and how it influences their work. I also take a photo of the artist with their own copy of the book.

Jonathan Ben-Menachem is the bass player of Whitewash, whose latest album Shibboleth is out now on Sad Cactus Records. He is also the…

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‘Here is New York’ – E.B. White (1949). White was visiting New York City during one of its hottest summers when he wrote this classic essay about what made New York City so different from all the other cities in the world. With a simple writing style that is romantic but not naive, White treats the city as a living, breathing organism that is just as confounding as the people who inhabit it, and White understands that to be a New Yorker umbrellas several personalities and walks of life that are all equal in this city built on hope and fear. Written over 65 years ago, the essay is full of insights and observations that are still relevant to the city in 2015. Consider this essential New York literature. #reading #books