Filed under: Reading, Songwriting | Tags: david bowie, reading, Rest in peace, songwriter, writing
David Bowie passed away last night at age 69 after a battle with liver cancer.
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
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.
Note: Special thanks to Flickr user Eurritimia for the featured image.