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Even more structured reading

Besides the forthcoming Jewish writers segment, I've recently thought up three more installments of Structured Reading: African-American (James Baldwin's Notes of a Native Son, Richard Wright's Black Boy and Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God), Cold War (Peter George's Dr. Strangelove, Richard Condon's Death of a Politician and Ring Lardner Jr.'s The Ecstasy of Owen Muir) and Bitter White Guys (Richard Yates' Revolutionary Road, Leonard Michaels' The Men's Club and John Cheever's Falconer). Add this to my annual traditions Irish March and Summer of Classics, and my reading would be all planned out for the next two years. But of course I'll inevitably lose focus and wander down several other wayward paths.

February 21, 2011 in Books | Permalink


Ooh ooh! If you do African-American part 2, William Styron's "The Confessions of Nat Turner" is one of the best things I read in college. Styron isn't African American himself, but the book is very relevant to the series.

Happy reading!

Posted by: Beth J at Feb 21, 2011 3:40:53 PM

I think I actually took a pass on Nat Turner at our library sale last weekend. (Probably because the only thing of his I've read is Set This House On Fire, which underwhelmed me.) Maybe I'll include that in a "White Writers On The African-American Experience" segment someday.

Posted by: Pete at Feb 22, 2011 2:10:00 PM

I've read Revolutionary Road and Falconer. I liked Falconer a lot, but there was a time when I was heavy into his fiction.

Posted by: Paul at Feb 25, 2011 5:11:43 PM