Joan Didion – Favorite Books

The favorite books of author, journalist, and screenwriter Joan Didion are examined below.  During her senior year at the University of California, Berkeley, Didion won the Prix de Paris, a yearly contest sponsored by Vogue whereby all seniors at accredited colleges throughout the United States are invited to submit writing entires.  Following her first place …

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Denis Johnson – Literary Influences, Favorite Poets & Books

The favorite books and literary influences of the late author and poet, Denis Johnson, are examined below.  While Johnson was known as a prolific writer at a young age - publishing his first book of poetry, Man Among Seals, when he was 19 years old - it was not until 1992, following the publication of his …

Harlem’s Michael Coomer – Favorite Things

Michael "Coomers" Coomer,  is best known as the singer, co-songwriter (along with bandmate Curtis O'Mara), and frontman of the Austin, Texas-based band Harlem.   Coomers also released two solo albums (A Signed Piece of Paper and The Garden of Joy and the Well of Loneliness) under the name Lace Curtains. Recently, Coomers provided us with a list composed of …

The Best Books of 2018 (The New York Times, WSJ, The New Yorker & Washington Post)

Below are the best books of 2018 according to the editors of The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, and the folks here at Your Favorites' Favorites.  For more information on any of the following books, feel free to click on the associated image (via Amazon). NEW YORK TIMES “Asymmetry is extraordinary, …

Raymond Pettibon – Favorite Books & Artists

The favorite books and artists of renowned New York-based painter Raymond Pettibon are examined below.  Pettibon grew a devoted following and drew acclaim from the underground art circuit during the punk scene of the late 70s and 80s while designing fliers, promotional posters, and album covers for numerous bands, including his brother Greg Ginn's band …

Jake Robertson (Ausmuteants) – Favorite Australian Punk Singles & Comics

Ausmuteants' and Alien Nosejob's Jake Robertson recently provided us with a list of his favorite Australian punk singles and comic books, which you can find below.  The Ausmuteants' first album, Amusements, was met with international acclaim following its release in 2013 and drew comparisons with some of the early work of Devo as a result …

Crocodiles’ Brandon Welchez – Favorite Books & Ten Favorite Punk 45s from Southern California

Brandon Welchez, frontman of the rock/art-punk/indie pop/post-punk revivalist band Crocodiles, recently provided us with lists of his ten favorite books and ten favorite punk singles from Southern California, which you can find below (in no particular order).  Since the release of Summer of Hate in 2009, the band's first full length album, Welchez and fellow …

Jill Eisenstadt – Favorite Books

One of America's great literary voices, author Jill Eisenstadt, recently provided us with a list of ten of her favorite books, which you can find below.  Eisenstadt is the author of three critically acclaimed novels: From Rockaway, Kiss Out, and Swell.  Following the initial publication of From Rockaway in 1987 (reissued in 2017), Eisenstadt was declared by the media …

Eve Babitz – Favorite Books, Films & Albums

One of this country's great literary voices, Eve Babitz, recently provided us with a list of her favorite books, albums, and films, which you can find below.  Babitz's work has seen a resurgence in recent years with the re-publishing of her novels/fictive memoirs Eve's Hollywood; Slow Days, Fast Company; Sex and Rage: Advice to Young Ladies Eager for …