Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Art Garfunkel's reading list 1968-1970.


Art Garfunkel, Watermark LP, 1977.



Every year since 1968 Art Garfunkel has kept a detailed list of the books he has read, and wow, he plows through up to 30 a year sometimes.   Its amazing how fast you forget the details of your daily life as it passes-- what books you've read, what movies you've seen, what cities you've visited.   I can barely remember what I ate yesterday, so I try to get in the habit of recording my daily life in list form like Sir Garfunkel, from what films I see to what books I read.   I love the record keeping because its so satisfying to look back on what you've accomplished at the end of the year.  And sometimes surprising that you're actual life is nothing like you imagine it to be.   A comprehensive annual list of the material you've been soaking up all year can be a good catalyst to refocus your references, pointing you back in the direction you want to face.    You are what you consume.  Especially when there's still territory to explore, there's no reason not to have a list of books and movies reflecting your area of interest or expertise.   And, a list full of guilty pleasure movies probably means you need to either stop feeling guilty or cut the references out of your media diet.    I fancy myself a silent film lover, but looking at past years, I realize there's not a silent film on my movie list-- its time to put a few Chaplins on my queue.

Really, I think discovering Art's book list years ago, seeing the 40 years of books laid out in front of me, the accomplishment of an afro-ed folk singer on a quest to devour literature and life, inspired me to start recording lists of what I've seen and done.  My memory is so atrocious, if I didn't have my lists, I wouldn't know what Ive seen & done.

Below is Garfunkel's list from 68 to 70, to see the complete 40 year book list, and a list of Garfunkel's favorites of the bunch, go to his official website here.   Those with astrick's on this list below are included among his all-time favorite reads.




1.
Jun 1968
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
The Confessions *
1781
 606 pp.
2.
Jun 1968
Erich Fromm
The Art of Loving *
1956
146 pp.
3.
Jun 1968
Mark Twain
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
                     
288 pp.
4.
Jul 1968
James Thurber
My Life and Hard Times
1933
115 pp.
5.
Jul 1968
William Shakespeare
Romeo and Juliet
1596
146 pp.
6.
Aug 1968
John Barth
The End of the Road
1958
206 pp.
7.
Sept 1968
Aldous Huxley
Brave New World
1932
199 pp.
8.
Sept 1968
Fritz Peters
Boyhood with Gurdjieff
1964
174 pp.
9.
Oct 1968
P.D. Ouspensky
In Search of the Miraculous *
1949
389 pp.
10.
Nov 1968
Russell H. Miles
Johann Sebastian Bach, Intro to his Life & Works
1962
164 pp.
11.
Dec 1968
Hunter Davies
The Beatles
1968
340 pp.
12.
Dec 1968
P.D. Ouspensky
The Strange Life of Ivan Osokin
1955
166 pp.
13.
Jan 1969
René Daumal
Mount Analogue
1952
106 pp.
14.
Jan 1969
Bernard Malamud
The Assistant
1957
192 pp.
15.
Jan 1969
C.G. Jung
Memories, Dreams, Reflections
1961
359 pp.
16.
Jan 1969
Philip Roth
Goodbye, Columbus
1959
97 pp.
17.
Feb 1969
Malcolm X and Alex Haley
Autobiography
1964
460 pp.
18.
Feb 1969
Jule Eisenbud, M.D.
The World of Ted Serios
1968
339 pp.
19.
Feb 1969
Penelope Gilliatt
A State of Change
1967
221 pp.
20.
Feb 1969
Oscar Wilde
The Picture of Dorian Gray
1891
234 pp.
21.
Feb 1969
Joseph Heller
Catch 22
1961
463 pp.
22.
Feb 1969
Voltaire
Candide
1758
144 pp.
23.
Feb 1969
F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Great Gatsby
1925
182 pp.
24.
Feb 1969
L.N. Tolstoy
War and Peace *
1869
1444 pp.
25.
May 1969
Philip Roth
Portnoy's Complaint *
1969
274 pp.
26.
May 1969
George Orwell
Down and Out in Paris and London
1933
155 pp.
27.
Jun 1969
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The Brothers Karamazov
1881
701 pp.
28.
Jun 1969
Norman Podhoretz
Making It
1967
262 pp.
29.
Jun 1969
Rodney Collin
The Theory of Eternal Life
1948
123 pp.
30.
Jun 1969
Norman Mailer
Miami and the Siege of Chicago
1968
223 pp.
31.
Jul 1969
G.I. Gurdjieff
Meetings with Remarkable Men
1927
303 pp.
32.
Jul 1969
William Shakespeare
Hamlet
1602

33.
Aug 1969
James Simon Kunen
The Strawberry Statement
1969
151 pp.
34.
Sept 1969
Emily Brontë
Wuthering Heights *
1847
320 pp.
35.
Jan 1970
Herman Melville
Moby Dick
1851
535 pp.
36.
Jan 1970
Johann Wolgang Goethe
The Sorrows of Young Werther *
1774
199 pp.
37.
Feb 1970
Jean-Paul Sartre
Nausea
1938
253 pp.
38.
Mar 1970
Garrett Mattingly
The Armada *
1959
402 pp.
39.
Apr 1970
Honoré de Balzac
Eugénie Grandet
1833
248 pp.
40.
Apr 1970
Bertrand Russell
The Conquest of Happiness
1930
180 pp.



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