Chameleon rock star David Bowie died this week, at 69. He loved books. He even once published a list of his top 100 on his webpage, at http://www.davidbowie.com/news/bowie-s-top-100-books-complete-list-52061.
It includes such classics as (the horrifically violent) A Clockwork Orange (by Anthony Burgess, 2011, in Adult Fiction), Muriel Spark’s The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie (available in French via interlibrary loan) and Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita and Jack Kerouac’s On The Road (both in the Lennoxville Library in Adult Fiction). Other Bowie faves are old enough to be available online for free (Inferno by Dante Alighieri, Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert, Homer’s Iliad.
In turn, some of Bowie’s fans were authors. Neil Gaiman once wrote a short story titled “The Return Of The Thin White Duke.” As sci-fi and fantasy writer Gaiman recently noted on his own webpage, “I never met David Bowie. After a while it almost became a game: I only had one hero left, and it was him. The nearest I came to it was meaning to send him a copy of [my book of short stories] Trigger Warning, with this story in it, and an apologetic note. It’s unabashedly fan fiction.”
Find Trigger Warning at the Lennoxville Library in Adult Large Print.
— January 2016