50 Books You Should Read, According To Newsweek

What to Read Now. And Why:

What we do need, in a world with precious little time to read (and think), is to know which books—new or old, fiction or nonfiction—open a window on the times we live in, whether they deal directly with the issues of today or simply help us see ourselves in new and surprising ways.

Some of the books they list:

  • Leaves Of Grass by Walt Whitman: There’s no better season to read the Great American Poem than summer, and no better place than the outdoors for savoring its charms, both contemplative (“I lean and loafe at my ease”) and ecstatic (“Mad naked summer night!”).
  • Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick: Before Wall-E, there was this penetrating parable of the grim future of technology and life on an Earth without animals (and the basis for Blade Runner).
  • Why Evolution Is True by Jerry A. Coyne: Even innocent bystanders in the culture wars should understand the evidence that supports evolution, and this book by a leading evolutionary biologist presents it clearly but not pedantically.

I don’t agree with the “precious little time to read (and think)” comment – that’s bullshit. They’re just using that to entice lazy fuckers who think reading is “work”. Interesting list though.

4 Replies to “50 Books You Should Read, According To Newsweek”

  1. I’ve read the first two. In fact, I just re-read Androids…a few months ago. It puts you in a weird place.

  2. I’ve read Leaves of Grass twice. The first years ago, I read the whole thing while outdoors. Under a tree. In a field. Walking in the woods. Great experience. Then in bits and pieces over the years. I recommend the movie, “Beautiful Dreamers” with Rip Torn as Walt Whitman. Impossible to find, but anyone who likes Whitman should love it.

  3. I read most of Dick’s books, including Androids. Great stuff. I read a few books from that list and it got me interested in the others.

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