I'm sitting here trying to force myself to work in advance of a big week of travel for work and decided to run through the RSS first. One of the RSS's to which I subscribe is "Thinkers." It contains feeds from sites like Salon, Freakonomics, Gladwell, Kottke, NPR, and one of my favorites - Marginal Revolution. Today a post from MR contained a reading list of Literature and Law. I gave the list a once-over and decided it contained all the elements of a good reading list for anyone interested in growth. Some of these books belong to the canon of literature, but not all of them do. A good list to start on for the holidays and for Summer. These are not at all light reading and no canonical work should be - it should demand from the reader a bit of participation in the outcome.
Law and Literature reading list, Spring 2009
- The Five Books of Moses, edited and translated by Robert Alter.
- Billy Budd and Other Tales, by Hermann Melville.
- The Metamorphosis, In the Penal Colony, and Other Stories, by Franz Kafka.
- Smilla’s Sense of Snow, by Peter Hoeg.
- The Art of Political Murder: Who Killed the Bishop? By Francisco Goldman.
- In the Belly of the Beast, by Jack Henry Abbott.
- Borges and the Eternal Orangutans, by Fernando Verrissimo.
- Glaspell’s Trifles, available on-line.
- Great Short Works of Leo Tolstoy, by Leo Tolstoy.
- Sherlock Holmes, The Complete Novels and Stories, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, volume 1.
- Out: A Novel, by Natsuo Kirino.
- I, Robot, by Isaac Asimov.
- Moby Dick, by Hermann Melville, excerpts, chapters 89 and 90.
- Year’s Best SF 9, edited by David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer.
- Pale Fire, Vladimir Nabokov.
- Blindness, by Jose Saramago.