the notched bedpost

A Rolling List of Recent Conquests

Date Completed: Title and Author

12-27-2014: I, Claudius by Robert Graves


3-3-2015: Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain

4-6-2015: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

4-8-2015: Recoil by Jim Thompson

4-13-2015: Out of the Dark by Patrick Modiano

5-2-2015: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg

5-6-2015: Timbuktu by Paul Auster

5-11-2015: A Ghost at Noon by Alberto Moravia

5-16-2015: The Buffalo Creek Disaster by Gerald M. Stern

5-16-2015: The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing

5-25-2015: Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer

6-7-2015: Elizabeth Costello by J.M. Coetzee

6-13-2015: Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, & the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright

6-28-2015: Antifragile: Things that Gain from Disorder by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

6-28-2015: Anthem by Ayn Rand

7-2-2015: Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

7-19-2015: The Plague by Albert Camus

7-23-2015: The End of the Night by John D. MacDonald

8-29-2015: The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

9-7-2015: Assata: An Autobiography by Assata Shakur

9-8-2015: Old Yeller by Fred Gipson

10-4-2015: American Pastoral by Philip Roth

10-6-2015: The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

10-10-2015: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

10-17-2015: The Forever War by John Haldeman

10-20-2015: Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan

10-24-2015: Kon-Tiki by Thor Heyerdahl


6-27-2016: Set This House on Fire by William Styron

6-28-2016: Nine Stories by JD Salinger

7-16-2016: The Only Rule Is It Has to Work: Our Wild Experiment Building a New Kind of Baseball Team by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

7-17-2016: This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life by David Foster Wallace

7-21-2016: Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis

8-8-2016: The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein

8-14-2016: The Beach by Alex Garland

8-15-2016: The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

8-17-2016: The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism by Naomi Klein

11-27-2016: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

12-18-2016: Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami


1-5-2017: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

1-15-2017: Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke

1-29-2017: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

3-31-2017: Oil! by Upton Sinclair

4-1-2017: The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

6-5-2017: Seven Days in May by Fletcher Knebel and Charles W.Bailey II

6-7-2017: Go Ask Alice by Anonymous

7-7-2017: Shogun by James Clavell

7-12-2017: Other Voices, Other Rooms by Truman Capote

7-15-2017: When Eight Bells Toll by Alistair MacLean

7-16-2017: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

7-23-2017: The Plain in Flames by Juan Rulfo

8-3-2017: Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy

8-8-2017: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

8-13-2017: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

8-15-2017: Common Sense and Nuclear Warfare by Bertrand Russell

8-16-2017: On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder

8-21-2017: The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg

8-29-2017: Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movment and the Danger to America’s Schools by Diane Ravitch

9-6-2017: I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad by Souad Mekhennet

9-9-2017: Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann

9-20-2017: Ringworld by Larry Niven

11-15-2017: The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

12-2-2017: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

12-23-2017: Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America by Nancy MacLean

1-3-2018: The Lost City of Z by David Grann


1-6-2018: The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick

1-21-2018: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

1-31-2018: The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

2-19-2018: The Lady in the Lake by Raymond Chandler

2-28-2018: Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein

3-18-2018: American War by Omar El Akkad

3-21-2018: Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West

6-4-2018: The Sellout by Paul Beatty

10-11-2018: The Deep Blue Good-By by John D. MacDonald

12-3-2018: Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence


1-7-2019: Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

1-13-2019: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

1-20-2019: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

5-3-2019: Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck


4 thoughts on “the notched bedpost

  1. My favorite reads were pretty specific to the particular kick I’ve been on and included The Power of Now, The Bhagavad Gita, and The Cloud of Unknowing & Book of Privy Counseling — all fantastically mind-opening. As for music, sorry to disappoint but I tend to rediscover old stuff these days more than I discover the new. But if you like Fantastic Planet (thanks for remembering that, btw!), then you might like the Flaming Lips era from 1990 to ’95. These are “In A Priest Driven Ambulance,” “Clouds Taste Metallic,” “Transmissions from the Satellite Heart,” and “Hit To Death in the Future Head.” That’s my favorite era of theirs. They are more well known for what they did afterwards, but I don’t think that stuff is as good. Failure was actually their opener on a tour during that time, now that I think of it.


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