Seattle Picks: Cult Classics
Annotation:Shocking carnal secrets; torments of the body and the mind; for the Dollangangers, it's all in the family. After 30 years, this lurid gothic tale is still going strong.
Annotation:Drifting along with the flow of time, spinning in revelatory eddies, or striding against the cultural mainstream, we search for that elusive perfect spot to catch a rainbow.
Annotation:When boozing, womanizing and gambling fail to deliver Henry Chinaski from the insane tedium of his crappy job, he goes postal on paper. A gritty portrait of an American lowlife.
Annotation:The devil and his talking cat come to Moscow and find themselves right at home. Hilarious, beguiling and mind-bending, this surreal satire is a book like no other.
Annotation:The lowest kind of ultra-violent filth, young Alex fulfills all our worst fears of a sick society. But is the cure worse than the disease?
Annotation:Welcome to Interzone, a bizarre and arbitrary dreamscape where nothing seems quite as it is, and reality writhes horribly at the end of every fork.
Annotation:Long before drug addict memoirs were in vogue came this raw, unflinching account of shooting hoops, talking smack and growing up fast on the streets of New York City.
Annotation:Follow Johnny Truant as he is drawn into the labyrinthine shadows of this enormous and mystifying literary underworld, but beware: parts of you may never return.
Annotation:When the Allies lost World War II, everything changed. Or did it? What do the shifting sands of history matter next to the terrible constants of human nature?
Annotation:Step right up! See the Siamese twin pianists! Arturo the flippered AquaBoy! The mental giant and the tiny albino! The Binewskis are not your typical family, but then—whose is?
Annotation:Patrick Bateman has wealth, power, friends and impeccable style, and is a homicidal monster. This sly, infamous satire of our materialistic culture is not for the squeamish.
Annotation:To go adventuring into the crazy American night, raving like a loon, beatific and untouchable, not searching but finding, in constant motion: this was all.
Annotation:From out of the terrible abysm of endless night comes a weird hypnotic voice, conjuring forth some ancient evil in a forbidden language lost to time. The voice is Lovecraft’s.
Annotation:Having lost his job, his cat and his wife, Toru Okada finds his life taking on the curious but unquestionable logic of a dream.
Annotation:Can’t sleep? Perhaps it is because you’ve never fully woken up. Tyler Durden has the solution, but brace yourself: this is going to hurt.
Annotation:It may have been that the world was going mad, or that she was. Perhaps it was both. Whatever the case, Esther Greenwood has decided it can’t go on much longer.
Annotation:"Who is John Galt?" In her epic objectivist vision of a helpless world forsaken by its geniuses, Rand provides the answer, and why we should care.
Annotation:Few novels have inspired such devoted followings as Cassandra Mortmain’s candid, witty recollection of growing up and finding her heart’s desire in a decrepit English castle.
Annotation:Raoul Duke and Dr. Gonzo, attorney at law, head out on a trip or two to Vegas, home of the great American hallucination. Buy the ticket, take the ride.
Annotation:Meet Ignatius J. Reilly, the grandiosely repellant bloviating buffoon whose jaw-dropping misadventures prove too much even for New Orleans.
Annotation:Can you finish this brilliant, darkly comic postmodern masterpiece, which weighs in at over half a million heavily footnoted words? There’s only one way to find out.
Annotation:Not seeing your favorite cult classic on this list? It’s probably in this lavishly illustrated readers’ guide, together with scores of other titles you’ll want to read.