Top 10 Banned Books of the 20th Century (via Top Ten )
Naked Lunch currently on my shelf and part of my personal to-re-read 2012 project.Source: alternativereel.com
You are one of the bloggers for Living with Literature, hosted on WordPress. How did you conceive of the idea to start the blog?
I can really only thank fellow book bloggers. After reading about my favorite books from the opinions of others, I thought to myself, “I could do this.” The idea for doing Time’s Top 100 list is really a chance to question the choice of the novels and why they’re so culturally relevant. And, more importantly, if they hold up.
How many books have you blogged about so far?
We have published 34 so far, with a few drafts coming in the following weeks.
What’s next after you finish all 100 titles?
Ah, that’s a good question. I have some personal projects planned - a musical, novel, screenplay, etc. - but we’ll most likely end up finding another list to challenge.
Which book has been your favorite to read so far?
That’s a good question. Most of the books have been pretty spectacular. If I had to choose, it would either be Malcolm Lowry’s Under the Volcano or my most recent post, Nabokov’s Pale Fire.
Which book has been your favorite to write up so far?
Definitely Pale Fire. If I had to choose a second, William Gaddis’s The Recognitnions. The behemoth of a novel is so full information that it provides endless entertainment for research.
Originally from Illinois, Daniel Engelke moved to New York after graduating Columbia College Chicago. Entering as a film directing major, Daniel discovered his love for writing in his latter years of school. Writing reviews and attending press screenings for the online quarterly, Film Monthly, Daniel has interviewed the likes of Julian Schnabel (Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Director) and Wayne Newton, not only developing writing skills from school, but also from his passion for literature. Daniel webmasters the literary blog called Living with Literature, where he and musician/writer Tavis Balkin review Time’s Top 100 Novels to see how they hold up in today’s culture.
Daniel also reviews books on Copia. Follow him here.