Besides being a fabulous artist, you seem like an extremely well-read person! Have any books you’d recommend reading?
Thanks! I’m not that well-read at all, but anyway…
My current favorites are Vladimir Nabokov’s Pale Fire, Marcel Proust’s In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower, James Joyce’s Ulysses, Franz Kafka’s The Trial, George Perec’s Life A User’s Manual andNatsume Sōseki’s I Am A Cat. I’m probably forgetting lots of great titles, but anyway.
Right now I’m reading Donald Barthelme’s Sixty Stories and Samuel Beckett’s Molloy, both excellent.
Recently I read Stewart Lee’s How I Escaped My Certain Fate (great Wasteland-style deconstruction of his writing & performance), Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose (with a lovely postscript), Christian Bök’s Eunoia (constrained poems, unreal) and I can’t remember what else.
The last Seth-illustrated Lemony Snicket book was delightful, a match made in bleak heaven (wish I had books like that as a child). My library just got the new Saul Steinberg biography, I suppose I’ll be reading that next. I also brought Andrei Bely’s Petersburg from Russia, so that’s also on my much-too-long readinglist.