At the end of 1999, every organization in the world decided that they needed to rank every object in the world. It
became impossible to turn on the TV or open a magazine without being confronted with a Top 100 list of some
sort. Movies, songs, bands, foods, pets, men -- every thing was compiled into a list.
The Top 100 list of Literature,which was voted upon by editors and
puclishers, placed Ulysses in the #1 spot. I decided that their list sucked. I wanted to see a list of real books that people actually
read (who has actually read Joyce's Ulysses, and of those who understood
it?) In the course of the
next year I called, emailed, and wrote my friends (and then their friends) to ask them what their favorite books
were -- the novels and stories that they had read more than once. I wanted to know what were the books had
they read that caused them to stay up all night reading because they couldn't put them down. I wanted the good
So after compiling all of their suggestions, I came up with a list of real books recommended by real people. And
in this list the books are actually readable (well, okay, mostly readable.)
The List will be coming soon!