Friday, February 1, 2008

College book faves

A recent article in the online magazine Slate caught our eye. It was about the books that writers were influenced by in their college years and yielded a combination of the more or less expected choices, with some interesting surprises.

Hardball’s Chris Matthews chimed in with a not unexpected One Thousand Days, the famous account of the Kennedy presidency from Harvard historian and White House insider Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.

But the brash owner of the NBA Dallas Maverick’s (and erstwhile Dancing With the Stars entrant) Mark Cuban mentioning Ayn Rand’s novel The Fountainhead was a little surprising. And Bill Simmons a writer for the sports site ESPN citing hardscrabble tough-guy scribe Raymond Carver’s collection of short stories, Where I’m Calling From was interesting as well.

Finally, it wouldn’t have been my first guess that the well known iconoclast Christopher Hitchens would cite Mill on the Floss as his most influential title. But he did.

Take a look at the article here. And let us know if you have book to join in with.


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