For all David Bowie fans, the traveling exhibit “David Bowie is” proves itself as a must-see for all music, art and pop-culture pieces related to Bowie and Ziggy Stardust. The homage — displaying diary entries instruments, costumes, and more — is currently on display at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Curators Geoffrey Marsh and Victoria Broackes, however, have unveiled a piece of the gallery that anyone can experience anywhere: Bowie’s list of his 100 favorite books.
Marsh explained to OpenBookToronto that Bowie is a “voracious” reader that goes through his reads as fast as “a book a day.” With such a large appetite for literature, this is a list you can definitely trust. Titles in Bowie’s guide to literature range from the classics, such as Nabokov’s Lolita and Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, to modern-day masterpieces like Junot Diaz’s The Brief WondrousLife of Oscar Wao.
David Bowie’s Top 100 Must Read Books:
The Age of American Unreason, Susan Jacoby, 2008
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Díaz, 2007
The Coast of Utopia (trilogy), Tom Stoppard, 2007
Teenage: The Creation of Youth 1875-1945, Jon Savage, 2007
Fingersmith, Sarah Waters, 2002
The Trial of Henry Kissinger, Christopher Hitchens, 2001
Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonder, Lawrence Weschler, 1997
A People’s Tragedy: The Russian Revolution 1890-1924, Orlando Figes, 1997
The Insult, Rupert Thomson, 1996
Wonder Boys, Michael Chabon, 1995
David Bowie Is has a confirmed US stop at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago in September 2014.
— Matt Levine, Radio.com