Vollmann's Favourite Books
These are the favourite books of William T. Vollmann, who is an American novelist, journalist, war correspondent, short story writer, and essayist. He won the 2005 National Book Award for Fiction for the novel Europe Central.
Go to the source article for his more provocative comments about his list. Below are some of the milder comments:
"The beauty in these books would flourish more widely if the following social changes were made:
1. Abolish television, because it has no reverence for time.
2. Abolish the automobile, because it has no reverence for space.
3. Make citizenship contingent on literacy in every sense. Thus, politicians who do not write every word of their speeches should be thrown out of office in disgrace. Writers who require editors to make their books "good" should be depublished.
4. Teach reverence for all beauty, including that of the word."
avg. score: 3 of 40 (9%)
required scores: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5