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Joe Mac

Art Garfunkel's reading list

One wonders why anyone would go to the trouble, but it is still interesting to see a lifetime of reading displayed like this.


http://www.artgarfunkel.com/library.html
TheRejectAmidHair

I just had a look at his list of favourites, and there are some quite terrific titles in there. And I think I can understand why one would choose to compile a list such as this. To quote that old cliché, books furnish a mind, and a list of books that are of particular significance to oneself gives a powerful indication of how one's mind is furnished. It's more than an indication merely of taste: it's a pointer to the kind of person one is. I have often considered compiling such a list myself. After all, I have been a voracious reader since about the early 70s - so I'm not that many years behind Art!
MikeAlx

Well Mr Garfunkel attended the very school where our own Mike Harvey once taught (albeit some decades later!), so no wonder he's a discerning reader.  Smile
Joe Mac

Yes, it is an impressive list, isn't it? One would think the owner would be a fairly interesting fellow to talk to, with all those titles on his CV.
I confess I went through his entire list, noting the books we have in common (not that many), with a particular eye out for the largely undiscoverd Patrick O'Brian, one of my favourites. It turns out Garfunkel did read 'Master and Commander' sometime in the 1990s, but wasn't sufficiently impressed to read another.
So many books....so little time.
Hector

My word - he is incredibly well read. Averaging close to a thousand pages a month and with an impressive variety of books.

I suppose being a musician means that he would have quite a lot of free time though. Lucky chap.

Apologies - terrible joke alert - I suppose it brings a new meaning to the Simon and Gardunkel song "Bookends".

I'll get my coat.

Regards

Hector
Green Jay

Interesting... I couldn't bear to go through them all but I looked at recent reads and the favourites. He has an eclectic taste, and isn't bothered about putting in both high and low. Good for him. There's Plato and Stephen King, George Eliot and Postcards from the Edge by Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia!) He's also a great fan of Jean Rhys which is pretty unusual for a man. I was surprised to find I'd read a fair few of his faves, and there were also some I've been meaning to get hold of too, like Jona Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking and the Saramango.

Do you know if other well-known people put up their reading lists for all to see? It is a funny aspect of this everything-out-in-public aspect of the WWW, which I am very much in two minds about. (So what's new???) Rolling Eyes
miranda

How on earth does he remember every book he's read in over 30 years?  I certainly can't!
Joe Mac

Well, pretty obviously, he's been recording them as he goes. Evidently he got the idea in 1968, as there's nothing recorded before that.

I've been doing the same thing since 2004, although not recording the number of pages. I started after getting annoyed with myself for not being able to remember what I'd read in the previous year.
miranda

Really?   It's never occured to me to do that.   Oh well, different strokes.....
Castorboy

Hector wrote:

Apologies - terrible joke alert - I suppose it brings a new meaning to the Simon and Gardunkel song "Bookends".

I'll get my coat.

Regards

Hector

And why he calls himself Art.................
exits quickly

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