University introduced me to writers I would never have read of my own accord. Sam Selvon, Angela Carter, Ballard etc etc. By now I was actively searching out writers. I loved Buk, so wanted to read Fante and Celine. McCarthy was a hero and Patrick DeWitt filled the gap that McCarthy's long-awaited next novel is sure to fill.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the untimely death of Hollywood's ultimate glamour girl, Marilyn Monroe. In recognition, German art book publishers Taschen have produced the most exquisite coffee table tome which republishes the original text from two time Pulitzer winner, Norman Mailer's 1973 biography, Marilyn, paired with influential New York photographer Bert Stern's sumptuous portraits.