Jenny Offill ↺
“A man will turn over half a library to make one book."
- Samuel Johnson

These are books that I admire and which in some way or another influenced Dept. of Speculation. I don’t know any of these writers personally except for Gilbert Sorrentino who was my teacher many years ago.

If you’re curious to know more about them, you can click on the links to read excerpts and/or reviews.

Why Did I Ever by Mary Robison The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa Speedboat by Renata Adler Good Morning Midnight by Jean Rhys Jesus’ Son by Denis Johnson Selected Stories by Robert Walser Bluets by Maggie Nelson Wittgenstein’s Mistress by David Markson Red the Fiend by Gilbert Sorrentino Running in the Family by Michael Ondaatje Time Out of Mind: The Diaries of Leonard Michaels Dream Songs by John Berryman The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates The Blue Octavo Notebooks by Franz Kafka The Collected Stories of Grace Paley Getting a Life by Helen Simpson Jernigan by David Gates The Most of It by Mary Ruefle Plainwater by Anne Carson I Remember by Joe Brainard