The Twenty Two Most Favorite Books of Markus Dickinson

... listed alphabetically by last name of author

Now paired with my 22 most favorite albums -- recommended listening to enhance your reading experience.


  1. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov (Something/Anything? - Todd Rundgren)
  2. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon (Traffic - Traffic)
  3. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky (Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs - Derek and the Dominoes)
  4. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (Forever Changes - Love)
  5. Le Grand Meaulnes (The Wanderer) by Alain-Fournier (Bookends - Simon and Garfunkel)
  6. The Collected Stories by Nikolai Gogol (The Band - The Band)
  7. Warlock by Oakley Hall (Led Zeppelin III - Led Zeppelin)
  8. A High Wind in Jamaica by Richard Hughes (Pet Sounds - The Beach Boys)
  9. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro (Teaser and the Firecat - Cat Stevens)
  10. Ulysses by James Joyce (Revolver - The Beatles)
  11. The Trial by Franz Kafka (Jailbreak - Thin Lizzy)
  12. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis (Arthur, or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire - The Kinks)
  13. Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann (Wildflowers - Tom Petty)
  14. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami (Hot Rats - Frank Zappa)
  15. Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov (London Calling - The Clash)
  16. Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor (Dixie Chicken - Little Feat)
  17. The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett (Crosby, Stills, and Nash - Crosby, Stills, and Nash)
  18. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (Pure Prairie League - Pure Prairie League)
  19. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Laurence Sterne (Youth and Young Manhood - Kings of Leon)
  20. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (Aqualung - Jethro Tull)
  21. Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (Out of the Blue - Electric Light Orchestra)
  22. Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace (The Who Sell Out - The Who)

And being an Illinoisan by birth, I won't be offended if you read snippets of Edgar Lee Master's Spoon River Anthology whilst listening to Sufjan Stevens' Illinois and hanging out on the banks of the Kickapoo Creek.

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