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RIP David Bowie
January 11, 2016, 1:12 pm
Filed under: Reading, Songwriting | Tags: , , , ,

David Bowie passed away last night at age 69 after a battle with liver cancer.

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Photo Credit: Flickr user Jean-Luc Ourlin

When I heard the news, I bawled like a baby. I had no idea that a celebrity’s demise could affect me this way, but apparently, Bowie’s could–and did.

So what does this have to do with writing and/or reading?

Bowie Was a Huge Reader

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Photo Credit: Flickr user Michael Sauers

Among his favorite books are:

  • Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson, Camille Paglia, 1990
  • Money, Martin Amis, 1984
  • A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole, 1980
  • In Cold Blood, Truman Capote, 1965
  • A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess, 1962
  • On The Road, Jack Kerouac, 1957
  • Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov, 1955
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell, 1948
  • Black Boy, Richard Wright, 1945
  • The Waste Land, T.S. Eliot, 1922
  • Inferno, from the Divine Comedy, Dante Alighieri, about 1308-1321

He Was a Hell of a Writer

Here are just a few of my favorite Bowie-written songs.

Rest in Peace, David Bowie.

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Photo Credit: Flickr user Hunter Desportes

Note: Special thanks to Flickr user Eurritimia for the featured image.

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