5 Books by American Authors (That I like/that are worth reading/that you’d probably like too)

“Books have knowledge, knowledge is power, power corrupts, corruption is a crime, and crime doesn’t pay… so if you keep reading, you’ll go broke.”

I know all these books are quite popular but that’s alright, we’ll start with the basics and start delving into the world of literature as we go along. I also know this is a very male dominated list, but once again, we’ll delve as we go. These are some of my favourite and/or influence induced books I’ve read. here we go.

Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs

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The lavatory has been locked for three hours solid… I think they are using it for an operating room…
NURSE: “I can’t find her pulse, doctor.”
DR. BENWAY: “Maybe she got it up her snatch in a finger stall.”
NURSE: “Adrenalin, doctor?”
DR. BENWAY: “The night porter shot it all up for kicks.” He looks around and picks up one of those rubber vaccum cups at the end of a stick they use to unstop toilets…. He advances on the patient…. “Make an incision, Doctor Limpf,” he says to his appalled assistant…. “I’m going to massage the heart.”
Dr. Limpf shrugs and begins the incision. Dr. Benway washes the suction cup by swishing it around in a toilet bowl…
NURSE: “Shouldn’t it be sterilized, doctor?”
DR. BENYWAY: “Very likely, but there’s no time.” He sits on the suction cup like a cane seat watching his assistant make the incision…. “You young squirts couldn’t lance a pimple without an electric vibrating scalpel with automatic drain and suture…. Soon we’ll be operating by remote control on patients we never see… We’ll be nothing but button pushers. All the skills is going out of surgery…. All the know-how and make-do… Did I ever tell you about the time I performed an appendectomy with a rusty sardine can? And once I was caught short without instrument one and removed a uterine tumour with my teeth. The was in the Upper Effendi, and besides….
DR. LIMPF: “The incision is ready, doctor.”
Dr. Benway forces the cup into the incision and works it up and down. Blood spurts all of the doctors, the nurse and the wall…. The cup makes a horrible sucking sound.
NURSE: “I think she’s gone, doctor.”
DR. BENWAY: “Well it’s all in a day’s work.” He walks across the room to a medicine cabinet… “Some fucking drug addict has cut my cocaine with Saniflush! Nurse! Send the boy out to fill this RX on the double!”

This is one hell of a book. When I try to gift people books this is generally it. The first time I read it I had no idea what was going on and I couldn’t understand half the words. A year and a half later it started “making more sense”, now my copies are marked and referenced and every time I open up to a page it’s like the book’s set out like a map or a tarot.

You may as well start now because a long journey is awaiting… It’ll definitely change your view of how things can be done.

This book has accompanied the last major shift that I’m in in my life at the moment. It also helps me write my books and taught me a new way to say fuck you.

Illuminatus! Trilogy by Robert Shea & Robert Anton Wilson

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“Nothing is true, everything is permitted.”

Clearly we’re dealing with the underlying conspiracy that weaves through our whole existence of reality, the multiverses and the Erisian church – The Illuminati. Or maybe not. Or maybe we are.

Moving as fast paced and rapidly as Naked Lunch but with a coherent story on conspiracies, characters from all over time and space, time and space itself, Buckminster Fuller has three watches, Howard who happened to be born a dolphin was greatly appreciated by the kids I read to in after school care once and what part was the hallucination?

This is major, honestly get onto it. I found out about this book by finding out about Robert Anton Wilson.
The first thing R.A.W. did was appoint me a Discordian Pope, which he has the right to do cause he’s a Discordian Pope which I now have the right to do so I appoint you (whoever’s reading this) a Discordian Pope, and the first thing he said was:

“Any affirmation is true in some sense, false in some sense, meaningless in some sense, true and false in some sense, true and meaningless in some sense, false and meaningless in some sense and true and false and meaningless in some sense, and if you say this six hundred and sixty six times you will achieve supreme enlightenment, in some sense.”

 

Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

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Of course Fight Club is here… Huxley and Orwell showed us what would happen, Chuck showed us how to take it back.
The movie is great and one of the better film adaptions I’ve seen but what I got from the book that I didn’t get from the movie was that since the narrator is unnamed it can lead to the idea that anybody can actually do this if they’re crazy enough.

This Fight Club can be reality.

If 1984 is the novel that was the blueprint for overbearing control imposed by authority fifty years ahead of its time then Fight Club will be the blueprint of the action that is to come to take the power back… You know what Rage Against the Machine was screaming about.

 

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

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“It’s getting hard to locate my bed at night, have to crawl around on my hands and knees feeling underneath the springs til I find my gobs of gum stuck there. Nobody complains about all the fog. I know why, now: as bad as it is, you can slip back in it and feel safe. That’s what McMurphy can’t understand, us wanting to be safe. He keeps trying to drag us out of the fog, out in the open where we’d be easy to get at.”

Saw the movie as a kid, read the book recently.

The story’s told from the point of view of the silent Chief Bromden, and is about how Randy McMurphy comes into Nurse Ratched’s mental institution and shakes up the world as if it were a snowglobe.
I’ve never been so emotional in a book before. I was on the train one day early in the morning, it was empty and I was reading about how McMurphy, Chief Bromden and the others all go fishing. I was laughing and crying at the same time, it was beautiful.

I also like the story behind this story. Kesey took the night shift in a mental institution, spoke with all the patients, took a bunch of drugs and realised the people in the institution weren’t insane, just different from what society expected.
There’s so much in this book. It’s a book of freedom, it’s a book of love in the face of hate, in the face of the Combine.

 

Post Office by Charles Bukowski

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“I wanted the whole world, or nothing.”

“Don’t try” is what I learnt from Bukowski. I sat at a bar in Cambodia, Post Office in one hand, note book in the other, getting really drunk and just laughing my ass off to myself. Some people thought I was crazy, others thought I had aspersers. I know with absolute clarity I had no idea of what I was doing but I wasn’t trying. I ended up writing a book going through all this.

Post Office was written over the span of a month when Bukowski had just quit his job at the post office to write full time.
He was 50.

The novel opens with:

“It began as a mistake.”

It novel ends with:

“They drove me back and he left with her. I got into the door, said goodbye, turned on the radio, found a half-pint of scotch, drank that, laughing, feeling good, finally relaxed, free, burning my fingers with cigar butts, then made it to the bed, made it to the edge, tripped, fell down, fell down across the mattress, slept, slept, slept…
In the morning it was morning and I was still alive.

Maybe I’ll write a novel, I thought.

And then I did.”