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Short was good in a book

Hey y’all,

Here’s a little something different this week: some of my favorite short books (short = around 200 pages or less) in case you want to sneak in some last-minute summer reading. You could read many of these in a single afternoon: 

  1. Novellas: Tove Jansson, The Summer BookDenis Johnson, Train Dreams, Nathanael West, Miss Lonelyheartsand Jenny Offill, Dept. of Speculation.
  2. Short stories: Joy Williams, Ninety-Nine Stories of God and David Eagleman, Sum: Forty Tales of the Afterlives.
  3. Lectures: Ursula Franklin, The Real World of Technology and Italo Calvino, Six Memos for the Next Millennium.
  4. Memoir: Eve Babitz, Slow Days, Fast Company, Joe Brainard, I Rememberand Maggie Nelson, The Argonauts.
  5. Poetry: T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets and Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching (Ursula K Le Guin translation).
  6. Comics: Eleanor Davis, You & a Bike & a Road and James Sturm, Market Day.
  7. Art: John Berger, Ways of Seeing and Walter Murch, In The Blink of an Eye.
  8. Staying sane: Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves To Death and Alan Jacobs, How To Think.
  9. Biography: Stefan Zweig, Montaigne and Nathaniel Philbrick, Why Read Moby-Dick?
  10. Essays: Sarah Manguso, 300 Arguments, Donald Hall, Essays Over Eighty, Robert Louis Stevenson, An Apology for Idlers, and Montaigne, On Solitude.
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PS. Speaking of short books you can read in one sitting
the trilogy
Austin Kleon

Austin Kleon is the author of Steal Like An Artist and other books.

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