David Simon’s Favorite Books

Journalist, author, producer, and television series writer David Simon is probably best known as the creator of HBO's cult-classic series, The Wire. After working as a journalist with the Baltimore Sun, Simon spent a year shadowing detectives of the Baltimore Police Department's Homicide Squad throughout their investigations - notably, at the time, Baltimore was the …

Richard Price – Favorite Books

Richard Price's first novel, The Wanderers, is a coming-of-age story revolving around several young, violent gang members in 1960's New York.  The novel, which Price wrote in his early 20s, is oft-cited as a literary masterpiece amongst his peers. Since that time, Price published Clockers (subsequently adapted into a film directed by Spike Lee), Bloodbrothers, Freedomland, Lush Life, and The Whites (published under …

Bret Easton Ellis – Favorite Books

Bret Easton Ellis is the author of several celebrated books, including American Psycho (subsequently adapted into the 2000 film bearing the same title), Less Than Zero (the 1987 film starring Robert Downey Jr. was loosely based on this novel), Imperial Bedrooms, and The Rules of Attraction.  In the 1980s, Ellis was a member of the revered "Brat Pack," comprising of …

The Books that Influenced Cormac McCarthy

Cormac McCarthy may be the greatest living-writer today.  Many of his works, including Blood Meridian, No Country for Old Men, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Road, are cited by his contemporaries as masterpieces and personal favorites.  Indeed, you will see McCarthy's novels listed in many of this site's posts.  The following books, which you would surely find in …

Jim Jarmusch’s Favorite Books

Jim Jarmusch has developed a cult following over the past 2-3 decades, directing films such as Stranger Than Paradise, Mystery Train, Broken Flowers, Ghost Dog: The Way Of The Samurai, Only Lovers Left Alive, and, most recently, Paterson.  Jarmusch's favorite books showcase the eclectic tastes that make him one of Hollywood's most unique and visionary filmmakers.  UPDATE (July 13, …