How to look at flags, fake wrestling, and most everything else. The bible of semiotics and signifiers. MYTHOLOGIES by Roland Barthes.
Perfect retort to love stories, particularly set in Paris. Most men were like that husband to be. “THE OTHER PARIS” by Mavis Gallant.
Elegiac & ruthless. A 1950s marriage & divorce that has no winner. Unbelievably, his debut novel! REVOLUTIONARY ROAD by Richard Yates.
Welcome to a witty, classicist suburbia. His usual terrific portrayal of children too. “THE SORROWS OF GIN” by John Cheever
‘The art of losing isn’t hard to master.’ Perseverance, humility, cleverness. My favorite villanelle. “ONE ART” by Elizabeth Bishop
Two hitmen waiting for their next assignment. Ur-language to be studied thousands of years from now. THE DUMB WAITER by Harold Pinter
The Church of Jesus Christ Without Christ. Her first novel, started out as a master’s thesis, no less! WISE BLOOD by Flannery O’Connor.