Friday, April 27, 2007

Philip Pullman's list

Philip Pullman, author of the His Dark Materials trilogy, named this week's list at The Week magazine.

One title on the list:
The Anatomy of Melancholy by Robert Burton

This vast attic of a book is the strangest, funniest, and most consoling work I know. It’s the last full expression of the pre-modern world, a compendium of bizarre anecdotes, rough wisdom, and sardonic commentary. Open it anywhere and you’ll find something extraordinary.
Read about another pick of Pullman's, which he calls "the funniest children’s book ever written."

--Marshal Zeringue