Sunday, March 17, 2013

More glaring omissions- Graphic Novels and Plays

It started back in 2007 when I first compiled a list of 20 books of books that most other bibliophiles have read, but I still hadn't. It was my list of glaring omissions and I used it as its own sort of tbr pile, not planning to knock them off in a set time frame but to at least have those books in mind when choosing my next book. Good thing I wasn't on a time frame either. Almost six years later, I've still got seven books left to go.

Since then, I've added a few other "must read" lists. The first was a list of Canadian books that, as the founder of the Canadian Book Challenge, I probably should have been embarrassed to admit to having neglected. I called it my Canadian Confession. That was just a couple of years back and I've whittled it down to 14.

But you know how these things go. It's part of the blogging culture to compile lists and I'm nothing if not a cliche. One list led to another and now I have a list of lists. Check out the sidebar of this blog and you'll find not only the generic glaring omissions and Canadian lists, but graphic novels, northern books, and best-seller books that have also slipped through my grasp. I don't read exclusively from these lists, but I've usually got 4 or 5 books on the go at any given moment and I try to make sure at least one of them will fill in my reading gaps.

One of those lists, I need to update. The graphic novels. By far it was the easiest ones to eliminate, though I had to buy a couple that the library didn't have and couldn't get in. I almost didn't do another lists. I've read most of the heavy hitters; best sellers and critically acclaimed graphic novels. I thought another "must read" list of graphic novels would be scraping the bottom, so to speak, but when I looked there were a few more that I felt I should still get around to. Here's the new list:

GLARING OMISSIONS! Books I should have read but haven't-- yet (Graphic novels edition): 
1. Stitches- David Small
2. Fun Home- Allison Bechdel
3. 300- Frank Miller
4. Binky the Space Cat- Ashley Spires
5. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen- Alan Moore
6. Ghost in the Shell- Shirow Masamune
7. Something Old, Something New- Lynn Johnston
8. Blankets- Craig Thompson
9. Naruto, Vol 1. – Masashi Kishimoto
10. Tangles- Sarah Leavitt
11. My New York Diary- Julie Doucet
12. Paul Has A Summer Job - Michel Rabagliati

This will be my last graphic novel must-read list. Not that I won't still read graphic novels, but by that time I think I should more than well-versed with the essentials.

The next list I'm adding is plays. I've always enjoyed reading plays, but over the past few years I've been focusing mostly on Shakespeare. Last month, however, I finally finished all of Shakespeare's so now I figure it's time to get around to reading other classic or well-known plays.

GLARING OMISSIONS! Books I should have read but haven't-- yet (Plays edition): 
1. Ann-Marie MacDonald- Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)
2. Joseph Kesselring- Arsenic and Old Lace
3. Thorton Wilder- Our Town
4. Oscar Wilde- The Importance of Being Earnest
5. Tennessee Williams- A Streetcar Named Desire
6. Eugene O'Neill- The Iceman Cometh
7. Edward Albee- Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
8. David Mamet- Glengarry Glen Ross
9. Tom Stoppard- Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
10. Neil Simon- Lost in Yonkers
11. Agatha Christie- The Mousetrap
12. Moliere- Tartuffe
13. George Ryga- The Ecstacy of Rita Joe
14. Daniel David Moses- Coyote City
15. Sally Clark- Moo
16. Anton Chekov- The Cherry Orchard
17. Euripides- Medea
18. Tony Kushner- Angels in America
19. Lorraine Hansberry- A Raisin in the Sun
20. Bertolt Brecht- Galileo

At some point, I'll know I'll add more lists. YA, non-fiction, philosophy... Good lord, it's getting ridiculous. How about you? How organized are your To Be Read lists?


Swordsman said...

I loved the movie 300 and have been meaning to read the graphic novel...just put it on my Goodreads list of books to read so I don't forget.

Eric P said...

While Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern are Dead is a good play, particularly if Hamlet is still reasonably fresh in your mind, I think Stoppard's Arcadia is actually his strongest play and you might want to consider it.

I would also recommend O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night. As it unfolds, it is more devastating than Ice Man Cometh, which actually telegraphs where it is going a bit too early for my taste.

Once you get started with Brecht, there are so many interesting and devastating plays. Mother Courage is a very effective anti-war play, and The Good Person of Szechwan has some interesting things to say about how "good" people let others take advantage of them.

Not sure if I saw Arthur Miller on the list, but Death of a Salesman is a masterpiece (and so much better than The Crucible).

Finally, don't forget to add some Canadian playwrights, like Tomson Highway's The Rez Sisters and/or Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing.

John Mutford said...

Swordsman: Haven't seen the movie, but I'll probably try to watch read it first.

Eric: I've read Death of a Salesman and Rez Sisters before. Still there a few Canadians on my list. Thanks for the other suggestions, though.