An alternative to those quizzes about how many dead Victorians you’ve read in the pursuit of cultural capital, a canonical education and the admiration of loved ones. Instead, here’s a list of 100 books that shaped me.

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Captain Beefheart

Louis Aragon, Benjamin Peret, Man Ray, Yves Tanguy
1929: Mad Balls

Antonin Artaud
50 Drawings to Murder Magic

Nigel Smith
A Collection of Ranter Writings

Anton Pannekoek
A History of Astronomy

John Zerzan
A People’s History of Civilisation

Arthur Rimbaud
A Season in Hell / Illuminations

Guy Debord
A Sick Planet

Ken Hollings
The Space Oracle: A Guide to Your Stars

Jacques Camatte
Against Domestication

Paul Feyerabend
Against Method

Lewis Carroll
Alice in Wonderland

Harry Smith
American Magus

Boria Sax
Animals in the Third Reich

Frances Yates
The Art of Memory

Sun Tzu
The Art of War

Ben Watson
Art, Class and Cleavage

Frank Ridley
The Assassins

Flann O’Brien
At Swim Two Birds

Ken Fox

Max Ernst
Beyond Painting

Samuel Coleridge
Biographical Literaria

Wyndham Lewis
Blast I-III

Basil Bunting

William Burroughs
Burroughs Live: Collected Interviews 1960-1997

Geoffrey Chaucer
The Canterbury Tales

Carlo Ginzberg
The Cheese and the Worms

Norbert Elias
The Civilising Process

Morris Berman
Coming to Our Senses: Body and Spirit in the Hidden History of the West

Sean Bonney
The Commons

The Conference of the Birds

Cornelius Castoriadis
Crossroads in the Labyrinth

Hans Richter
Dada: Art and Anti-art

Ken Weller
Don’t be a Soldier

Iain Sinclair

Karl Marx
The Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844

William Burroughs
Electronic Revolution

The Epic of Gilgamesh

Louis-Auguste Blanqui
Eternity by the Stars

Alfred Jarry
Exploits and Opinions of Dr Faustroll, Pataphysician

James Joyce
Finnegans Wake

Olaf Stapledon
First and Last Men p

Slim Brundage
From Bughouse Square to Beat Generation

Austin Osman Spare
From the Inferno to Zos

Michel Serres

Stanislas Klossowski de Rola
The Golden Game: Alchemical Engravings of the Seventeenth Century

Mervyn Peake

Arthur Lovejoy
The Great Chain of Being

Glenn Alexander Magee
Hegel and the Hermetic Tradition

The Histories

Jacques Rancière
The Ignorant Schoolmaster

David Jones
In Parenthesis

Peter Kingsley
In the Dark Places of Wisdom

Karl Kraus
In These Great Times

R D Laing

Samuel Beckett
Krapp’s Last Tape

Roger Caillois
La Lecture des Pierre’s / The Writing of Stones

Andre Breton, Phillipe Soupault
Magnetic Fields

Edward Thompson
The Making of the English Working Class

Male Fantasies

Boris Groys
The Man Who Flew Into Space From His Apartment

Andre Breton
Manifestos of Surrealism

William Blake
The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

Charles Olson
Maximus Poems

Theodor Adorno
Minima Moralia

René Daumal
Mount Analogue

Raoul Vaneigem
The Movement of the Free Spirit

William Burroughs
The Naked Lunch

Meyer Abrams
Natural Supernaturalism: Tradition and Revolution in Romantic Literature

C L R James
Notes on Dialectics

Ernst Junger
On Pain

On the Passage of a few People Through a rather Brief Moment in Time

University of Strasbourg Students
On the Poverty of Student Life

Guy Debord

John Milton
Paradise Lost

G W F Hegel
The Phenomenology of Spirit

Jeremy Prynne

Jonathan Barnes
The Presocratic Philosophers

Alice Becker-Ho
The Essence of Jargon

Brion Gysin
The Process

Samuel Coleridge
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

Edward Upward
The Rotten Elements

Georges Bataille
The Sacred Conspiracy

René Girard
The Scapegoat

Ben Watson
Shitkicks and Doughballs

The Situationist International Anthology

Guy Debord
The Society of the Spectacle

Gregory Bateson
Steps to an Ecology of Mind

A E Falconar
Sufi Literature and the Journey to Immortality

Mary Ann Caws
The Surrealist Painters and Poets

Friedrich Nietzsche
Thus Spake Zarathustra

Wyndham Lewis
Time and Western Man

Conrad Hal Waddington
Tools for Thought

Jean-Michel Mension
The Tribe

James Joyce

The Upanishads

William Blake
Vala / The Four Zoas

William James
The Varieties of Religious Experience

Georges Bataille
Visions of Excess I-III

Ernst Friedrich
War Against War

Theodore Roszak
Where the Wasteland Ends

Emily Bronte
Wuthering Heights

Andy Wilson