‘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.
Verfremdungseffekt aka alienation effect. One of the most influential aesthetic books in our time. BRECHT ON THEATER by Bertolt Brecht.
A tight, superbly written tragic romance. Based on his affair with Catherine Compton. THE END OF THE AFFAIR by Graham Greene.
Life, friends, is boring. We must not say so.” You’ll never forget Henry after reading these. 77 DREAM SONGS by John Berryman.
Any of the many two-line poems by Ogden Nash. I like Reflections on Babies:
A bit of talcum
is always walcum.