|Barley Bear protects (and sometimes samples) my Rilke|
So, with no further ado, here are my lists:
- Kierkegaard, a very short introduction, by Patrick Gardiner 
- Swann's Way, by Marcel Proust (translated by Lydia Davis)
- Consider the Lobster, by David Foster Wallace
- The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays, by Albert Camus [Used]
|I bought the 1991 Vintage edition of Sisyphus particularly for it's cover|
- Darkness Visible, by William Styron
- Gathering Blue, by Louis Lowry
- The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde [Library]
|Darkness Visible is currently loaned out to a friend|
Whether or not I am in an "existential crisis", whatever that means, I have been finding a great deal of comfort in Camus and Keirkegaard. These two philosophers double as authors, and so bring their thoughts closer to real life then some of the big boys like Hegel or Kant. For example, a quote by Camus:
"At the final stage you teach me that this wondrous and multicolored universe can be reduced to an atom and that the atom can be reduced to the electron. All this is good and I wait for you to continue. But you tell me of an invisible planetary system in which electrons gravitate around a nucleus. You explain this worl...d to me with an image. I realize then that you have been reduced to poetry: I shall never know" [3, pg 20]
I started this entry too late - I must be getting to bed. But if you would like to know my thoughts on any of the books I mentioned, please let me know in the comments section. I am happy to discuss books at length with anyone with the patience to put up with me.
 In case you are not familiar with Nick Hornby, he wrote "High Fidelity" and "About a Boy", which have been made into Hollywood films starring John Cusack and Hugh Grant, respectively. He has written a number of other novels, which in my experience are quick and breezy yet still well-written and intelligent - in other words, perfect novels to help you take your mind off of grad school or a depressing job. You should check him out!
 I actually bought this book on October 31st, Halloween night, at the Harvard Coop while dressed in my costume! See, I took a picture:
 Camus, Albert. The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays.Vintage International Edition, New York: 1991.