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I’m glad Elmore Leonard is on there...

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Thanks for sharing. It's a really good list.

Perhaps even great, if you pretend The Goldfinch isn't on it...

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222 is quite an arbitrary number. Like, was this number plucked out of a hat?

222 slots and not one was given ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’. Who the hell made this list? Clearly their taste in literature should be called into question for this unforgivable act of literary neglect.

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May I humbly suggest "The Short Timers" by Gustav Hasford. (The novel was the basis for the film Full Metal Jacket)

We could start a Plot Spoiler list among all of us? I love book suggestions from like-minded folks.

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Wow. If just scrolling quickly through that list wasn't a visceral reminder that I'll never, if I live to be 112, have time to read all the books I want to read...

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Favorite? As in singular? As in one singular book that I love more than all the others? Yeah, I don't have one of those. Impossible.

There are some on the list that I really enjoyed, though. 😊

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I love that Donald Barthelme made it. That absurdity he creates... I'm a sucker for that. The School being one of my favorites. Of couse seeing Fight Club made me smile, but I'd throw Damned in there too. And I wonder where in people's mind Dostoevsky's Notes from Underground is at? That overlooked novella is Taxi Driver way before Taxi Driver.

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Doesn't include "Everyone Poops" by Tarō Gomi. Criminal!!

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Chuck,

Did you happen to see this article in the New Yorker about “Geek Love?” ( a favorite by the way) https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/katherine-dunns-dark-carnival-of-desire

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My Absolute Darling

Disclaimer: there are 3 scenes that are brutal. Grimaced the entire way through those, but it was an amazing story.

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I own a copy of The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway and Where I'm Calling From. And there were a few literary novels on there, like Goldfinch and The Underground Railroad. Is there a difference between a literary novel and a genre fiction novel? Do they both require different skills?

And to be frank, ALL of these book lists are breaking the first rule of Fight Club! Haha!

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Delighted to see short short masters Barthelme and Borges, but biggest smile from Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise-Brown closing the list.

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I didn’t see Steppenwolf on this list, and that makes me sad.

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Congratulations!

Notes from Underground

The Heart of Darkness

IMHO, I could see Choke being on that list. Still pissed that I "lent" my original copy to a former guitar teacher.

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And Chuck! When can we expect a Mark Richard deep dive? I got the collection on your promise of future discussion and now I can’t stop thinking about Strays!

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