Friday, September 19, 2008

Esquire - The 75 Books Every Man Should Read

It has been shown that reading, especially fiction and poetry, is a great way to develop and deepen empathy and compassion. So, here is a list of books, according to Esquire, that every man should read -- at least those who want to develop the masculine heart.

The 75 Books Every Man Should Read

An unranked, incomplete, utterly biased list of the greatest works of literature ever published. How many have you read?

What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, by Raymond Carver
"That morning she pours Teacher's over my belly and licks it off. That afternoon she tries to jump out the window." And that's not even the best line.

Collected Stories of John Cheever
He knew better than anyone the darkness that hides behind the costume of a carefully manicured lawn.

Deliverance, by James Dickey
A reminder of how close we are to animalism, and because there's so much more to the book than that scene.

The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck
Because it's all about the titty.

Blood Meridian, by Cormac McCarthy
Just try sleeping after the scene in which the Apaches thunder over the hills wearing the dresses of the brides they've killed.
I have to admit that this is a pretty good list, with a lot of VERY good books.

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