san jose state guilt list



these are the ones I have not read
Aeschylus. The Oresteia
Allende, Isabelle. The House of the Spirits
Anaya, Rudolfo. Bless Me, Ultima
Aristotle. Poetics
Atwood, Margaret. Surfacing

Barrio, Raymond. The Plum Plum Pickers
Barth, John. The Sot Weed Factor
Baudelaire, Charles. Flowers of Evil
Bellow, Saul. The Adventures of Augie March

Boswell, James. Life of Johnson
Bradbury, Ray. Dandelion Wine

Brooks, Gwendolyn. Blacks

Bulgakov, Mikhail. The Master and Margarita

Duras, Marguerite. The Lover

Erdrich, Louise. The Beet Queen
Euripides. The Bacchae, Hippolytus

Fielding, Henry. Joseph Andrews, Tom Jones

Fuentes, Carlos. The Death of Artemio Cruz, Where the Air is Clear
Garland, Hamlin. Main Travelled Roads

Goethe. Faust

Hardy, Thomas. Return of the Native,
Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Blithedale Romance

Homer. The Iliad,
Howells, William Dean. A Hazard of New Fortunes

James, Henry. Turn of the Screw, Ambassadors,
Johnson, Charles. The Oxherding Tale
Joyce, James. Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Dubliners
Kafka, Franz. The Trial
Kennedy, William. Ironweed

Kinnell, Galway. The Past

Lewis, C. S. The Allegory of Love, Experiment in Criticism
London, Jack. The Sea Wolf
Lorde, Audre. The Black Unicorn
Lowell, Robert. Life Studies
Machiavelli, The Prince
Mahfouz, Naguib. Midaq Alley
Mailer, Norman. The Naked and the Dead
Mann, Thomas. , The Magic Mountain

Marquez, Gabriel Garcia. Chronicle of a Death Foretold
McCullers, Carson. Short Stories
Melville, Herman.  Typee
Jean de Meun. The Romance of the Rose
Middleton, Thomas. The Changeling

Milton, John. Paradise Lost
Momeday, N. Scott. The Way to Rainy Mountain

Ovid. Metamorphosis

Pynchon, Thomas. The Crying of Lot 49
Plato, The Republic

Rich, Adrienne. Selected Poems
Richardson, Samuel. Pamela or Clarissa
Roethke, Theodore. Words for the Wind
Rushdie, Salman. Midnight’s Children, The Satanic Verses

Saroyan, William. The Human Comedy
Scott, Walter. Waverley

Silone, Ignazio. Bread and Wine

Spenser, Edmund. The Faerie Queen

Stegner, Wallace. Angle of Repose
Stendhal (Henri Beyle). The Red and the Black
Sterne, Laurence. Tristram Shandy
Stevens, Wallace. The Palm at the End of the Mind
Styron, William. Lie Down in Darkness

Thackeray, William Makepace. Vanity Fair

Trollope, Anthony. The Way We Live Now

Virgil. The Aeneid
Wallant, Edward Lewis. The Pawnbroker
West, Nathaniel. The Day of the Locust

Wolfe, Thomas. Look Homeward Angel
Wolfe, Tom. Bonfire of the Vanities

Wright, A. T. Islandia
Wright, Richard. Black Boy, Native Son

Yourcenar, Marguerite. Memoirs of Hadrian
Also, Genesis, Psalms, Job, Ecclesiastes, The Bhagavad Gita, Qu’ran, Song of Roland, and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight


end of a hobby

So, I am wondering what to do next. I’ve read Ulysses, and that was the last mountain of a book I felt I had to climb. There is nothing I can’t read and therefore nothing left to challenge me.

Maybe it wasn’t a good idea to take on Gaiman after Joyce. THe difference is too stark.


Here’s the thing. If I read now, just for escapist pleasure, and I admit it is pure escapism, then I should try to get a new hobby. It seems that reading is not leading to anything.

I should learn to do something else. Maybe knit.