Biblioklept is ten years old today, so ten sets of ten somethings

This blog is ten years old today. So here are ten sets of ten somethings.

Just a picture of ten random books, which in no way should be thought of as a real list, okay?:


Ten great books I read in 2016:

  1. JR, William Gaddis–a reread that topped the list of nine books that I said I wanted to reread in the Biblioklept Ninth Anniversary Post Spectacular
  2. Collected Stories, William Faulkner
  3. A Temple of Texts, William Gass
  4. Quiet Creature on the Corner, João Gilberto Noll
  5. The Franchiser, Stanley Elkin
  6. The Dick Gibson Show, Stanley Elkin
  7. Marketa Lazarova, Vladislav Vančura
  8. A Manual for Cleaning Women, Lucia Berlin
  9. The Leopard, Giuseppe di Lampedusa
  10. Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novel Quartet, which I guess actually counts as four novels, but whatever
Ten Commandments, Lucas Cranach the Elder

Ten books I want to read soonish:

  1. There Is a Tree More Ancient Than Eden, Leon Forrest, a novel I’m actually reading now so I’m not sure if it counts
  2. Bear, Marian Engel
  3. The Tunnel, William Gass
  4. The Last Days of Louisiana Red, Ishmael Reed
  5. 99 Stories of God, Joy Williams
  6. Antigonick, Anne Carson
  7. Vineland, Thomas Pynchon
  8. The Lime Twig, John Hawkes
  9. The Magic Kingdom, Stanley Elkin
  10. The Passenger, Cormac McCarthy—drop the album, Cormac!
Ten Bacchanal Scenes, Jean Philippe Guy Le Gentil

Ten reviews of books (perhaps underrated or under-remarked upon, at least–the books, I mean, not the reviews) by authors whose last names begin with B:

  1. U.S.!, Chris Bachelder
  2. Sandokan, Nanni Balestrini
  3. The Complete Short Stories of J.G. Ballard (specifically, “The Subliminal Man”) J.G. Ballard
  4. The Hospital Ship, Martin Bax
  5. Gargoyles, Thomas Bernhard
  6. 2666, Roberto Bolaño (hell yeah it’s underrated)
  7. Two Serious Ladies, Jane Bowles
  8. First Love and Other Sorrows, Harold Brodkey
  9. Lenz, Georg Büchner
  10. X’ed Out, Charles Burns
Sketch with Ten Saints (etc.), Albrecht Durer
Ten Panels of a Scholars Books, unidentified early 20th c. Korean artist

Ten books I aim to re-read sooner rather than later:

  1. Gravity’s Rainbow, Thomas Pynchon
  2. The Pale King, David Foster Wallace
  3. 2666, Roberto Bolaño
  4. Moby-Dick, Herman Melville
  5. The Confidence-Man, Herman Melville
  6. The House of Seven Gables, Nathaniel Hawthorne
  7. Autobiography of Red, Anne Carson
  8. Blood Meridian, Cormac McCarthy (2015 is the first time I didn’t reread it)
  9. Native Son, Richard Wright
  10. The Earthsea Cycle, Ursula K. Le Guin (hopefully with my daughter, who’s just a bit younger than this blog, and with whom I’ve been reading the Harry Potter books way.too.long.).
Ten Cavaliers Forming a Circle, Stefano della Bella

Thanks for reading/viewing/etc.


46 thoughts on “Biblioklept is ten years old today, so ten sets of ten somethings”

  1. I was thinking, “Isn’t this ten years old?,” the other day while commenting. Glad to be on for about half of it. Keep it up, Edwin. This is where I go for book-related material. I glance at other places, but w/e… book-culture lost it years ago; twee and pretense. We differ at times, but that’s what it’s all about: Dialectics. Thanks for all the great material.

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  2. Congratulations and happy birthday! I really love the weekly newsletter of Biblioklept, your posts are brilliant and you have exquisite taste. Here’s to the next ten years!

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  3. Thank you for Biblioklept. It keeps me straight frequently when I get caught up in the mundanities of the everyday.

    And also, GET ON THE LIME TWIG. Right up your alley. An absolute favorite.

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  4. Happy belated birthday. I love the art you post, but especially lists of books to read, especially contemporary ones. Since graduating from grad school my reading has mostly been books considered classics because I didn’t know what else to read. I did my MA thesis on John Hawkes. The Lime Twig is wonderful.

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  5. Happy birthday! Just found your blog, so I’m a new reader. Since my blog is about my knitwear design, I am usually reading related blogs. But I love to read and am always on the lookout for good recommendations, so I am looking forward to reading yours from now on. :)

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  6. Moby Dick is such a great re-read, and I couldn’t help but notice Go Down, Moses on the top photo stack. I have that edition as well as the Modern Library and will be covering that one this fall–“Bear” is such a great story to read late fall.

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  7. Hey,
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