Jack Barker is an award-wanting writer and “expert” on nearly every topic. He has been described as the “Dave Barry” of his “generation.” He lives in western Massachusetts for some reason.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The "Aubrey-Maturin" books by Patrick O'Brian rank right up there. There are twenty of them but it reads like one great story. The sea is terrifying and I enjoy the technical mastery of O'Brian's writing combined with the historical narrative. Neal Stephenson has some real great books, especially "Snow Crash." It's one of those books which seems less and less implausible with each passing day. Definitely a must-read for computer-dystopia fans. Stephenson's a brilliantly smart and funny writer. "The Cotton-Pickers" by B. Travern is one of my favorite novels. A tale of desperation written in a unique voice from old Mexico, I guess. And I can't possibly leave out "The Stench of Honolulu" by Jack Handey. This is the funniest book I have ever read.
What do you read for pleasure?
I usually stick to history and non-fiction, but I will read novels when I'm in that zone or if they come highly recommended. I also read every issue of "The New Yorker."
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