“While I think of it, Mr. Werle—don’t use that foreign word: ideals. We have the excellent native word: lies.” THE WILD DUCK by Ibsen.
The truth about your station in life. Read this before you buy an overcoat. “THE OVERCOAT” by Nikolai Gogol
Written amazingly when she was 19. Sophisticated take on relationships, trust, the longview. SENSE & SENSIBILITY by Jane Austen
Before David Foster Wallace, there was Henry David Thoreau: “Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes”, etc. WALDEN by Thoreau
“I’m a great poet. I don’t put my poems on paper: they consist of actions and feelings.” LE PERE GORIOT by Honore de Balzac
Greatest american novel. Read it over a weekend, then once slowly. Should be able to buy it at Starbucks. MOBY-DICK by Herman Melville.
Always substance and increase, always sex. Always a knit of identity.” SONG OF MYSELF by Walt Whitman