This article was posted on GoodReads by Hayley Igarashi on January 21, 2016. The link to her wonderful piece follows, but first I wish to pay small tribute. The passing of Bowie had such monumental effect on the world. So many people felt a connection to this person we had never met. Perhaps we saw him at a concert, but most just listened to his music or watched him on TV. Bowie embodied so many intangibles and was constantly searching for more. He shared this with us. He reached out to us, and like a good writer he connected with us. I will miss Bowie.
“Don’t you love the Oxford Dictionary?” David Bowie once mused. “When I first read it, I thought it was a really, really long poem about everything.”
Bowie, who passed away last week at the age of 69, was always hungry—for art, for knowledge, for music, for being “something more than human.” He achieved near-mythical status over the course of his career as a musician, actor, and cultural icon. He was also a bookworm. In 2013, he shared his 100 must-read books with his fans, showcasing his unsurprisingly eclectic reading taste. Modern classics like A Clockwork Orange and The Great Gatsby made the cut, but so did more obscure tales like Infants of the Spring and A Grave for a Dolphin.
In the wake of Bowie’s death, the list has gained new life, with fellow book lovers embracing it as a way to connect and to pay tribute. In fact, you can see the effect right here on GoodReads.
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