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Utne Reader, The Loose Canon: 150 Great Works to Set Your Imagination on Fire [1998]

    110 entries: 95 monographical, 15 otherwise; non-literary items listed here in italics
    Unranked—arranged topically

    Read about the origin of this list at its Macroscopic 2013 page.

    • The Book of Isaiah_4

    part of the Bible—Hebrew; Aramaic; Greek
    *Durant* *Classics* *Utne* *Great*

    --
  1. Zohar_1

  2. ca. Second-Thirteenth centuries—Aramaic
    *Utne*

  3. Lǎozǐ (Lao-tzu) (Laocius)

  4. Dàodéjǐng_11
    Tao te Ching
    ca. Sixth Century B C—Chinese

    *Rexroth* *Ward* *Oriental* *Good* *Recommended* *SeymourSmith* *Utne* *Dirda* *Great* *World* *Graphic*

  5. Zhuāngzī (Zhuāng Zhōu) (Chuang-tzu)

  6. Zhuāngzī_5
    Nánhuá Zhēnjīng
    ca. Third Century B C—Chinese

    *Ward* *Oriental* *Utne* *Great* *World*

  7. Thucydides

  8. History of the Peloponnesian War_23
    early Fifth Century B C—Greek
    *Lubbock* *Durant* *Classics* *Downs* *Rexroth* *Read* *List* *Ward* *Van Doren* *Magill* *Adler* *Good* *Bloom* *Fadiman* *Foundation* *Kanigel* *SeymourSmith* *Trinity* *Utne* *Great* *Telegraph* *World* *Educated*

  9. Hesiod

  10. Erga kai Hēmerai_5
    Works and Days
    ca. Eighth-Seventh centuries B C—Greek

    *Downs* *Magill* *Bloom* *Utne* *Newman*

  11. Vyasa

  12. Mahabharata_13
    includes Bhagavad Gita; ca. Ninth Century B C-Fourth Century—Sanskrit
    *Lubbock* *Baldwin* *Rexroth* *Oriental* *Magill* *Bloom* *Fadiman* *Utne* *Norway* *Great* *GlobeMail* *World* *Graphic*

  13. Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

  14. I Am That_1
    1973; revised 1981—Marathi
    *Utne*

  15. Marcus Aurelius

  16. Ta Eis Heauton_17
    Meditations
    written 161-80—Greek

    *Lubbock* *Baldwin* *Eliot* *Durant* *Classics* *Hundred* *Rexroth* *Read* *Ward* *Van Doren* *Magill* *Adler* *Fadiman* *SeymourSmith* *Trinity* *Utne* *Great*

  17. Apuleius

  18. Metamorphoseon_6
    Asinus Aureus; The Golden Ass
    Second Century—Latin

    *Rexroth* *Ward* *Bloom* *Utne* *Great* *Newman*

  19. Hildegarde of Bingen

  20. Scivias_1
    ca. 1151-52—Latin
    *Utne*

  21. Elaine Pagels

  22. The Gnostic Gospels_1
    1979—English
    *Utne*

  23. Rumi

  24. Diwan-e Shams-e Tabrizi_1
    written ca. 1250—Persian
    *Utne*

  25. Margaret Smith

  26. Rabi'a the Mystic and Her Fellow-Saints in Islam. Being the Life and Teachings of Rabi'a al-'Adawiyya al-Qaysiyya of Basra, Sufi Saint, ca. A H 99-185, A D 717-801_1
    1928—English
    *Utne*

  27. François Rabelais

  28. La Vie de Gargantua et de Pantagruel_22
    originally published in five volumes: Les Horribles et Épouvantables Faits et Prouesses du Très Renommé Pantagruel Roi des Dipsodes, Fils du Grand Géant Gargantua, 1532; La Vie Très Horrifique du Grand Gargantua, Père de Pantagruel, 1534; Le Tiers Livre des Faicts et Dicts Héroïques du Bon Pantagruel, 1546; Le Quart Livre des Faicts et Dicts Héroïques du Bon Pantagruel, 1552; Le Cinquiesme et Dernier Livre des Faicts et Dicts Héroïques du Bon Pantagruel, 1564; Mallison ("Smart") specifies Thomas Urquhart and Peter Motteux's English translation—French
    *Powys* *Durant* *Invitation* *Hundred* *France* *Rexroth* *Read* *List* *Ward* *Van Doren* *Magill* *Adler* *Good* *Bloom* *Fadiman* *SeymourSmith* *Trinity* *Utne* *Norway* *Great* *Smart* *Newman*

  29. Wú Chéng-ēn (Ruzhong)

  30. Xi Yóu Jì_6
    Journey to the West; Monkey
    late Sixteenth Century—Chinese

    *Ward* *Oriental* *Fadiman* *Utne* *Great* *Graphic*

  31. William Shakespeare

  32. Coriolanus_8
    written ca. 1605-08—English
    *Classics* *Ward* *Adler* *SeymourSmith* *Utne* *Taylor* *World* *Newman*

    Kurosawa Akira
    The Seven Samurai
    film; 1954—Japanese


    Johann Sebastian Bach
    Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello
    composed ca. 1717-23


    Arvo Pärt
    Te Deum
    1985


    • Samuel Johnson

    Essays from the Rambler and the Idler_4
    unspecified essays originally published in the Rambler, 1750-2; the Idler, 1758-60; Cowan and Guinness ("Trinity") and the Utne Reader also specify essays from the Adventurer, 1753-4—English
    *Trinity* *Utne* *Dirda* *Newman*

    • Freya Stark

    Journey's Echo: Selected From Freya Stark_1
    1963
    *Utne*

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Don Giovanni
    libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte; originaly performed 1787


    Alban Berg
    Wozzeck
    based in part on Georg Büchner's play, Woyzeck; libretto by Berg; composed 1914-1922; originally performed 1925


  33. William Blake

  34. The Book of Urizen_5
    originally entitled The First Book of Urizen, published 1794—English
    *Rexroth* *Ward* *Bloom* *Utne* *Newman*

    • Allen Ginsberg_1

    Illuminated Poems
    1996; poems previously published plus two new poems; illustrations by Eric Drooker—English
    *Utne*

  35. Jane Austen

  36. Persuasion_6
    originally anonymously published 1817—English
    *Bloom* *Fadiman* *Utne* *Guardian* *Zane* *Newman*

  37. Murasaki Shikibu

  38. Genji Monogatari_12
    The Tale of Genji
    ca. early Eleventh Century; Mallison ("Smart") specifies Royall Tyler's English translation—Japanese

    *Rexroth* *Ward* *Oriental* *Magill* *Fadiman* *Utne* *Norway* *Great* *GlobeMail* *Smart* *World* *Graphic*

    Ludwig Van Beethoven
    Symphony No. 9 in D Minor
    composed 1822-4


    Gustav Mahler
    Symphony No. 4
    composed 1899-1900


  39. Henry David Thoreau

  40. Walden; or, Life in the Woods_20
    1854—English
    *Durant* *Classics* *Hundred* *Zulli* *Read* *Ward* *Magill* *Good* *Learning* *Bloom* *Recommended* *Fadiman* *Utne* *Campbell* *Great* *Smart* *Deposit* *Newman* *Graphic* *Educated*

    • Mary Oliver

    Selected Poems_1
    1992; selections from No Voyage, and Other Poems, 1963, expanded 1965; The River Styx, Ohio, and Other Poems, 1972; The Night Traveler, 1978; Twelve Moons, 1979; American Primitive, 1983; Dream Work, 1986; House of Light, 1990; plus a section entitled New Poems (1991-1992)—English
    *Utne*

    • Walt Whitman

    'Song of Myself'_1
    part of Leaves of Grass; complete work originally published 1855; expanded and revised through ninth edition, 1892—English
    *Utne*

    • Muriel Rukeyser

    A Muriel Rukeyser Reader_1
    1994; edited by Jan Heller Levi—English
    *Utne*

  41. Leo Tolstoy

  42. Anna Karenina_19
    published in part serially 1873-7 in Rússkij Véstnik; in its entirety, 1877; Mallison ("Smart") specifies Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky's English translation—Russian
    *Eliot* *Zulli* *Read* *Ward* *Magill* *Bloom* *Recommended* *Fadiman* *Trinity* *Utne* *Norway* *Guardian* *Zane* *Smart* *Harvard* *Reynolds* *Newman* *Graphic* *Educated*

  43. Alexander Herzen

  44. Byloe i Dumy_2
    My Past and Thoughts
    published in part serially 1855-9, 1861-2, and 1869 in Poliarnaia Zvezda (Pole Star); and 1857-67 in Kolokol—Russian

    *Bloom* *Utne*

    • Mohandas Gandhi

    The Gandhi Reader: A Source Book of His Life and Writings_1
    1956; edited by Homer A Jack
    *Utne*

  45. Paulo Freire and Myles Horton

  46. We Make the Road by Walking: Conversations on Education and Social Change_1
    1990—English
    *Utne*

    --
    • The Encyclopædia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and General Information_1

    eleventh edition; published in 29 volumes, 1910-1—English
    *Utne*

  47. Bill Bryson

  48. Made in America: An Informal History of the English Language in the United States_1
    1994—English
    *Utne*

  49. Marcel Proust

  50. À la Recherche du Temps Perdu_17
    In Search of Lost Time; In Remembrance of Things Past
    originally published in seven volumes, two of which originally published as two books each, 1913-27—French

    *Classics* *France* *Read* *List* *Ward* *Magill* *Good* *Bloom* *Recommended* *Fadiman* *Trinity* *Utne* *Norway* *Zane* *GlobeMail* *Telegraph* *Newman*

  51. E M Forster

  52. Howards End_4
    1910—English
    *Bloom* *Fadiman* *Utne* *Zane*

  53. Rainer Maria Rilke

  54. Duineser Elegien_5
    The Duino Elegies
    1923—German

    *Ward* *Magill* *Bloom* *Fadiman* *Utne*

    • Dù Fǔ (Tu Fu)

    Poems_3
    Eighth Century—Chinese
    *Rexroth* *Ward* *Utne*

  55. Antonio Gramsci

  56. Quaderni del Carcere_1
    Prison Notebooks
    written 1929-35—Italian

    *Utne*

    • Subcomandante Marcos

    Shadows of Tender Fury: The Letters and Communiqués of Subcomandante Marcos and the Zapatista Army of National Liberation_1
    1995—Spanish
    *Utne*

    Leo McCarey
    Duck Soup
    starring Groucho, Harpo, Chico, and Zeppo Marx; film; 1933


    Stanley Kubrick
    Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
    film; 1964


    Robert Johnson
    The Complete Recordings
    music album; 1990; recorded 1936-7


    Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
    'The Message'
    music composition; 1982


  57. Pablo Neruda

  58. Canto General_3
    1950; English translation of 'Alturas de Machu Picchu', the second canto, published 1948 in the Tiger's Eye and 1950 in Let the Rail Splitter Awake and Other Poems—Spanish
    *Ward* *Bloom* *Utne*

  59. Clarice Lispector

  60. A Hora da Estrela_1
    1977—Portuguese
    *Utne*

    Duke Ellington
    'In a Mellotone'
    'In a Mellow Tone'
    music composition; lyric by Milt Gabler; based in part on 'Rose Room' by Art Hickman; 1939


    John Coltrane
    A Love Supreme
    music album; 1965


    Billie Holiday
    Lady in Autumn: The Best of the Verve Years
    music album; 1991


    Amalia Rodrigues
    Monitor Presents Portugal's Great Amalia Rodrigues
    music album; recorded 1956


    Hank Williams
    40 Greatest Hits
    music album; 1978


    Johnny Cash
    The Sun Years
    music album; 1990


  61. James Agee

  62. Let Us Now Praise Famous Men_6
    1941; photography by Walker Evans—English
    *Bloom* *Recommended* *Utne* *Dirda* *Smart* *Deposit*

  63. John Berger

  64. Pig Earth_1
    1979—English
    *Utne*

    Orson Welles
    Citizen Kane
    film; 1941


    Robert Altman
    Nashville
    film; 1975


    • Gore Vidal

    United States: Essays 1952-1992_1
    essays previously published—English
    *Utne*

  65. Howard Zinn

  66. A People's History of the United States, 1492-Present_2
    1980; expanded and revised through fifth edition, 2005—English
    *Utne* *Harvard*

    Howlin' Wolf
    His Best
    music album; 1997


    Los Lobos
    Just Another Band From East L A
    music album; 1993


  67. Simone Beauvoir

  68. Le Deuxième Sexe_7
    The Second Sex
    published in part serially in Les Temps Modernes; in its entirety in two volumes, 1949—French

    *Good* *Bloom* *Fadiman* *SeymourSmith* *Utne* *Great* *Taylor*

  69. Mary Daly

  70. Gyn/Ecology: The Metaethics of Radical Feminism_1
    1978—English
    *Utne*

  71. Ralph Ellison

  72. Invisible Man_12
    1952—English
    *Good* *Bloom* *Recommended* *Fadiman* *Utne* *Campbell* *Norway* *Great* *Zane* *Smart* *Harvard* *Educated*

    Nathaniel Mackey
  73. Bedouin Hornbook_1

  74. 1986—English
    *Utne*

  75. Djbot Baghostus's Run_1

  76. 1993—English
    *Utne*

    • James Baldwin

    Collected Essays_1
    1998; includes Notes of a Native Son, 1955 [originally published 1949-53 in varied periodicals: Zero, Partisan Review, Commentary, the New Leader, Harper's, and the Reporter]; Nobody Knows My Name: More Notes of a Native Son, 1961 [originally published 1956-61 in varied periodicals: the New York Times, Encounter, Esquire, Harper's, Partisan Review, and the New Leader; plus two edited 1960 lectures; and part of an essay previously unpublished]; The Fire Next Time [1963]; No Name in the Street [1972]; The Devil Finds Work [1976]; plus a section entitled Other Essays: 36 essays previously published, 11 of which previously uncollected in book form (and including Baldwin's portion of the collaborative book with photographer Richard Avedon, entitled Nothing Personal, 1974)—English
    *Utne*

  77. The Fire Next Time_4

  78. originally published Dec. 1962 as 'Letter From a Region in My Mind', in the Progressive; and Nov. 1963 as 'Down at the Cross', in the New Yorker—English
    *Bloom* *Recommended* *Fadiman* *Utne*

  79. No Name in the Street_2

  80. 1972—English
    *Bloom* *Utne*

  81. The Devil Finds Work_2

  82. 1976—English
    *Bloom* *Utne*

  83. Cornel West

  84. Race Matters_1
    1994—English
    *Utne*

    Satyajit Ray
    The Apu Trilogy
    three films: Pather Panchali, 1955; Aparajito, 1956; Apur Sansar, 1959


    Abbas Kiarostami
    Where Is My Friend's Home?
    film; 1995


    Naguib Mahfouz
  85. Bein el-Qasrein_2

  86. Palace Walk
    1956—Arabic

    *Utne* *Smart*

  87. Qasr el-Shoaq_2

  88. Palace of Desire
    1957—Arabic

    *Utne* *Smart*

  89. El-Sukkareyya_2

  90. Sugar Street
    1957—Arabic

    *Utne* *Smart*

    Pramoedya Ananta Toer
  91. Bumi Manusia_2

  92. This Earth of Mankind
    1980—Malay

    *Fadiman* *Utne*

  93. Anak Semua Bangsa_2

  94. Child of All Nations
    1980—Malay

    *Fadiman* *Utne*

  95. Jejak Langkah_2

  96. Footsteps
    1985—Malay

    *Fadiman* *Utne*

  97. Rumah Kaca_2

  98. House of Glass
    1988—Malay

    *Fadiman* *Utne*

    Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald
    The Complete Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong on Verve
    music album; 1997


    Louis Armstrong
    Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man 1923-1934
    music album; 1994


  99. Chinua Achebe

  100. Things Fall Apart_9
    1958—English
    *Ward* *Bloom* *Fadiman* *Utne* *Norway* *Great* *Zane* *Smart* *Taylor*

  101. Edward Said

  102. Culture and Imperialism_1
    1993—English
    *Utne*

  103. Jane Jacobs

  104. The Death and Life of Great American Cities_2
    1961—English
    *Utne* *Great*

  105. Christopher Alexander, Sara Ishikama, Murray Silverstein, Max Jacobson, Ingrid Fiksdahl-King, and Shlomo Angel

  106. A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction_1
    1977—English
    *Utne*

    Francois Truffaut
    Jules et Jim
    film; 1961


    Jean-Luc Godard
    2 ou 3 Choses que Je Sais d'Elle (Two or Three Things I Know About Her)
    film; 1967


  107. Rachel Carson

  108. Silent Spring_8
    originally published Jun. 1962 in the New Yorker—English
    *Downs* *Fadiman* *Utne* *Great* *GlobeMail* *Taylor* *Deposit* *Educated*

  109. Lynn Margulis and Dorion Sagan

  110. What Is Life?_1
    1995—English
    *Utne*

    Thelonious Monk
    Monk's Dream
    music album; 1962


    Miles Davis
    Kind of Blue
    music album; 1959


  111. Thomas S Kuhn

  112. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions_5
    1962; expanded 1970—English
    *Fadiman* *Kanigel* *SeymourSmith* *Utne* *Great*

  113. James Gleick

  114. Chaos: Making a New Science_1
    1987—English
    *Utne* *Educated*

  115. Kenneth Rexroth

  116. An Autobiographical Novel_1
    1965—English
    *Utne*

    • Harvey Pekar

    New American Splendor Anthology_1
    1991—English
    *Utne*

    Bob Dylan
    Highway 61 Revisited
    music album; 1965


    Iris Dement
    The Way I Should
    music album; 1996


  117. Gabriel García Márquez

  118. Cien Anõs de Soledad_18
    One Hundred Years of Solitude
    1967; Mallison ("Smart") specifies Gregory Rabassa's English translation—Spanish

    *Ward* *Van Doren* *Good* *Bloom* *Fadiman* *Trinity* *Utne* *Norway* *Great* *Guardian* *Zane* *GlobeMail* *Smart* *Telegraph* *Harvard* *Graphic* *Deposit* *Educated*

  119. Tony Kushner

  120. Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes_2
    originally presented in two parts: Millennium Approaches, 1990; and Perestroika, 1992—English
    *Bloom* *Utne*

    Aretha Franklin
    Queen of Soul: The Very Best of Aretha Franklin
    music album; 1994


    Marion Williams
    Surely God Is Able
    music album; 1989


  121. Michael Murphy

  122. Golf in the Kingdom_1
    1972—English
    *Utne*

    Steve James, Fred Marx, and Peter Gilbert
    Hoop Dreams
    film; 1994


  123. E F Schumacher

  124. Small Is Beautiful: A Study of Economics As If People Mattered_1
    1973—English
    *Utne*

  125. Ivan Illich

  126. Tools for Conviviality_1
    1973—English
    *Utne*

  127. Ursula K Le Guin

  128. The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia_1
    1974—English
    *Utne*

  129. Starhawk

  130. The Fifth Sacred Thing_1
    1993—English
    *Utne*

    Federico Fellini
    Amarcord
    film; 1974


    Edgar Reitz
    Heimatz
    film series; 1984


    Bob Marley
    Songs of Freedom
    music album; 1992


    I K Dairo and His Bluespots
    Juju Master
    1990; recorded 1960's; music album


  131. Leslie Marmon Silko

  132. Ceremony_1
    1977—English
    *Utne*

  133. John G Neihardt

  134. Black Elk Speaks_2
    1932—English
    *Utne* *Graphic*

  135. Anaïs Nin

  136. Delta of Venus_1
    1977—English
    *Utne*

  137. Margot Anand

  138. The Art of Sexual Ecstasy_1
    1989—English
    *Utne*

    The Clash
    London Calling
    music album; 1979


    The Pogues
    If I Should Fall From Grace With God
    music album; 1988


  139. Dario Fo

  140. Morte Accidentale di un Anarchico_1
    1970—Italian
    *Utne*

  141. Caryl Churchill

  142. Cloud Nine_1
    1979—English
    *Utne*

    • Pier Paolo Pasolini

    Poems_2
    1982—Italian
    *Bloom* *Utne*

  143. Miyazawa Kenji

  144. Haru to Shura_1
    Spring and Asura
    1924—Japanese

    *Utne*

  145. Riane Eisler

  146. The Chalice and the Blade: Our History, Our Future_1
    1987—English
    *Utne*

  147. Susan Griffin

  148. Woman and Nature: The Roaring Inside Her_1
    1978—English
    *Utne*

  149. Toni Morrison

  150. Beloved_8
    1987—English
    *Recommended* *Trinity* *Utne* *Norway* *Great* *Telegraph* *Harvard* *Deposit*

  151. Zora Neale Hurston

  152. Dust Tracks on a Road_1
    1942—English
    *Utne*

  153. August Wilson

  154. Joe Turner's Come and Gone_2
    1984—English
    *Bloom* *Utne*

  155. Anna Deavere Smith

  156. Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992_1
    1994—English
    *Utne*

  157. Jamaica Kincaid

  158. A Small Place_1
    1988—English
    *Utne*

  159. Gloria Anzaldua

  160. Borderlands/ La Frontera: The New Mestiza_1
    1987—English; Spanish
    *Utne*

  161. Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman

  162. Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media_1
    1988—English
    *Utne*

    Rick Goldsmith
    Tell the Truth and Run: George Seldes and the American Press
    film; 1996


  163. Charlotte Joko Beck

  164. Everyday Zen: Love and Work_1
    1989—English
    *Utne*

  165. Sogyal Rinpoche

  166. The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying_1
    1992—English
    *Utne*

    Matt Groening et al.
    The Simpsons
    Television program; 1989-present


    Ernie Kovacs
    Unspecified selections of several television programs
    1951-1962


  167. Viana La Place

  168. Verdura: Vegetables Italian Style_1
    1991—English
    *Utne*

  169. Erich Schiffmann

  170. Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving Into Stillness_1
    1996—English
    *Utne*

  171. Julia Cameron

  172. The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity_1
    1992—English
    *Utne*

  173. Brenda Ueland

  174. If You Want to Write: A Book About Art, Independence and Spirit_1
    1938—English
    *Utne*

  175. Dorothy Allison

  176. Bastard Out of Carolina_1
    1992—English
    *Utne*

  177. Sharon Olds

  178. The Dead and the Living_1
    1983—English
    *Utne*

  179. James Hillman and Michael Ventura

  180. We've Had a Hundred Years of Psychotherapy - And the World's Getting Worse_1
    1992—English
    *Utne*

  181. Alice Miller

  182. Das Drama des Begabten Kindes_1
    The Drama of the Gifted Child
    1979—German

    *Utne*

  183. Rupert Sheldrake

  184. Seven Experiments That Could Change the World: A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Revolutionary Science_1
    1995—English
    *Utne*

    Wim Wenders
    Der Himmel Über Berlin
    Wings of Desire
    film; 1987


    Cesária Évora
    Cesária
    music album; 1995


    Umm Kulthum
    'Al-Atlal'
    song; 1966


  185. David Abram

  186. The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World_1
    1996—English
    *Utne*

  187. Fritjof Capra

  188. The Web of Life: A New Scientific Understanding of Living Systems_1
    1996—English
    *Utne*

  189. Paul Hawken

  190. The Ecology of Commerce: A Declaration of Sustainability_1
    1993—English
    *Utne*