Top Ten Books

Lately a lot of people have been asking me about my favorite books and I usually draw a blank. Tonight I took a few minutes and thought about it.

Following are ten books that have had a momentous impact on me at some (turning) point in my life. I list them here in no particular order, and without explanation, since these are books, and they speak for themselves.

Philip K. Dick. Ubik. 1969.
Slavoj Zizek. Looking Awry. 1992.
Gilles Deleuze & Felix Guattari. Anti-Oedipus. 1972.
Franz Kafka. The Trial. 1925.
Bruce Lee. Tao of Jeet Kune Do. 1973.
Herman Melville. Moby-Dick. 1851.
Anthony Burgess. A Clockwork Orange. 1962.
William S. Burroughs. Naked Lunch. 1959.
Scott Bukatman. Terminal Identity. 1991.
Jorgen de May. The Action Hero Body. 2006.

HONORABLE MENTION:
Steve Aylett. Slaughtermatic. 1998.
Marshall McLuhan. Understanding Media. 1964.

Titles link to the specific editions I read and studied. Much of my own published fiction and nonfiction derives from and/or points to these texts in some capacity. For what it's worth (very little, no doubt), these texts also constitute the scaffolding for my worldview, methodology, and shifting realities.