“Scott, your last fragments I arrange tonight…”

Scott, your last fragments I arrange tonight,
Assigning commas, setting accents right,
As once I punctuated, spelled and trimmed
When, passing in a Princeton spring—how dimmed
By this damned quarter-century and more!—
You left your Shadow Laurels at my door.
That was a drama webbed of dreams: the scene
A shimmering beglamored bluish-green
Soiled Paris wineshop; the sad hero one
Who loved applause but had his life alone;
Who fed on drink for weeks; forgot to eat,
“Worked feverishly,” nourished on defeat
A lyric pride, and lent a lyric voice
To all the tongueless knavish tavern boys,
The liquor-ridden, the illiterate;
Got stabbed one midnight by a tavern-mate—
Betrayed, but self-betrayed by stealthy sins—
And faded to the sound of violins…

—Edmund Wilson, Excerpt from the Dedication to “The Crack-Up” by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1945)

Here is a list of ten books that I either read when I was a teenager or wish I had read when I was a teenager…

Here is a list of ten books that I either read when I was a teenager or wish I had read when I was a teenager:

1. Siddhartha: An Indian Tale – Hermann Hesse

2. “Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!”: Adventures of a Curious Character – Richard P. Feynman

3. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens

4. Keep the Aspidistra Flying – George Orwell

5. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance – Robert M. Pirsig

6. Pigeon Feathers: And Other Stories – John Updike

7. Sons and Lovers – David Herbert Lawrence

8. Moby Dick – Herman Melville

9. Iron John: A Book about Men – Robert Bly

10. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald