Thursday, December 16, 2004

Five more minutes—five more shortish books are guaranteed to like.

1. Crippled Detectives, Lee Tandy Schwartzman
2. Pirates! In an Adventure With Scientists, Gideon Defoe
3. My Mortal Enemy, Willa Cather
4. Transparent Things, Vladimir Nabokov
5. True Grit, Charles Portis

I should just get one of those lists on Amazon. Except Crippled Detectives only exists online, published in 1978 by Stone Soup (a magazine for children). Somebody bring this out as a book!

A final instant top 5 for the a.m.—some poetry admitted:

1. The Young Visiters (sic), Daisy Ashford
2. Nadja, Andre Breton
3. A Nest of Ninnies, John Ashbery & James Schuyler
4. The Captain Lands in Paradise, Sarah Manguso
5. Actual Air, David Berman

If length were no object, how about:
1. The Memoirs of Lady Hyegyong (aka Hanjungnok)
2. The Anatomy of Melancholy, Robert Burton
3. The Marceau Case books of Harry Stephen Keeler, including: The Marceau Case, X. Jones—Of Scotland Yard, The Wonderful Scheme of Mr. Christopher Thorne, Y. Cheung: Business Detective, The Mysterious Mr. I, and The Chameleon
4. A Dance to the Music of Time, Anthony Powell (in 12 volumes)
5. In the Realms of the Unreal, Henry Darger (15,145 pages, never published in toto)

That's enough top five for now, or forever.


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