Jerry Stahl’s Favorite Books

One of our favorite authors, Jerry Stahl, recently provided us with a comprehensive list of his favorite books, which you can find below.  Stahl is the author of nine books, including best-sellers Permanent Midnight: A Memoir and I, Fatty: A Novel, along with editing the anthology, “The Heroin Chronicles.” His journalism has appeared in Esquire, Village Voice, Playboy and Vice, among other places. He has written extensively for film & television, most recently co-writing “Chuck,” about boxer Chuck Wepner, and “Hemingway & Gellhorn” for HBO, as well as writing for the  IFC series, “Maron,” and the upcoming Showtime miniseries, “Escape At Dannemora.” He is currently completing a book about his experience on a World War Two death camp tour. The curious can track down his performance on the Moth, in New York City, which was deemed unsuitable for radio (video at end of article).

For more information concerning any of the books below, click on the associated image (via Amazon).


This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen

Jesus’ Son: Stories

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Almanac of the Dead

The Room

Death on the Installment Plan

Shit Magnet: One Man’s Miraculous Ability to Absorb the World’s Guilt

On the Heights of Despair

An American Dream: A Novel

The Quick and the Dead

The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby

Naked Lunch

Everything That Rises Must Converge: Stories

We previously examined the favorite books of Flannery O’Connor: Flannery O’Connor’s Favorite Books


The Death Notebooks

Dino: Living High in the Dirty Business of Dreams

The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

Miss Lonelyhearts

Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich

Paradoxia: A Predator’s Diary

The Penal Colony


Mumbo Jumbo

Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus

Infinite Jest

American Tabloid

Notes From Underground

Leaving the Sea: Stories

Howl and Other Poems (City Lights Pocket Poets, No. 4)

The Dick: A Novel

High Maintenance

The Ring of Brightest Angels Around Heaven: A Novella and Stories

History of Shit (Documents Book)

Mao II: A Novel


Money Shot (Hard Case Crime Novels)

Sick City: A Novel

We examined the favorite books of author Tony O’Neill in a prior post: Tony O’Neill’s Favorite Books

Generation Kill: Devil Dogs, Ice Man, Captain America, and the New Face of American War

Pimp: The Story of My Life

The Liars’ Club: A Memoir

The Adderall Diaries: A Memoir

The Jerusalem Syndrome: My Life as a Reluctant Messiah

Bone in the Throat

The Book of Harlan

Fear and Clothing: Unbuckling American Style

Texas-Israeli War: 1999

Deep in a Dream: The Long Night of Chet Baker

Jumped In: What Gangs Taught Me about Violence, Drugs, Love, and Redemption

Liar: A Memoir

We examined the favorite books of author Rob Roberge in a subsequent post: Favorite Books of Rob Roberge

If you are unfamiliar with Stahl’s works, we strongly recommend checking out any/all of the following:

Permanent Midnight: A Memoir

Happy Mutant Baby Pills: A Novel

I, Fatty: A Novel

Old Guy Dad: Weird Shit Happens When You Don’t Die Young

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