Who’s a More Prolific Reader? Garfunkel or Bowie?

by Rachel Baker on October 8, 2013

Apparently, David Bowie was asked what books he’d read throughout his life. His answer was listed in a Top 100 Must Read Books, released two weeks ago. The list only had 75 books. The Daily Beast has the story.

The list was announced to coincide with the successful David Bowie Is exhibit moving from the V&A Museum in London to the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto. The show displays more than 300 items from Bowie’s personal archive of clothing, photographs, set designs, and stage costumes. Speaking to Open Book Toronto before the opening, Geoffrey Marsh, the exhibit’s co-curator, mentioned that Bowie was a “voracious reader” who’s known to read as much as a book a day. He released a list of Bowie’s top 100 books to Open Book Toronto, arranged in chronological order from the most recent to the oldest classics. But the site likely missed the last 25 titles when it posted the list, and other publications simply reposted the supposed “100” without counting first. It seems that Open Book Toronto has now included the entire entry. The complete list, posted on Bowie’s official Facebook page, is below, and includes previously-omitted tomes like The Iliad and Dante’s Inferno, as well as novels by Flaubert, D.H. Lawrence, and Evelyn Waugh. (Art Garfunkel, of Simon and Garfunkel fame, has done Bowie one better, and posted every book he’s read since 1968—all 1,181 of them.)


Art Garfunkel‘s List of books read since 1968:

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