June's Celebrity Picks: Moby

Moby225For lack of a better word, Moby has always seemed an unlikely rock star: a skinny, clean-living Christian from Connecticut, he took the long road to success as a DJ and musician, playing underground music in underground clubs awash in the excess and decadence of late-eighties and nineties New York City. His album Play was intended to be a swan song and farewell to that life; instead it gave him world-wide fame, opening new windows to creativity and innovation.

Moby's new memoir, Porcelain (released in conjunction with a musical retrospective of the same title), is his story of fear and fearlessness, of finding one's role in the world, of the place and people that defined an age. We asked Moby for the books that have recently inspired him; see his picks below (preserved as received, in their original format and grammar, because I think it works) and look here for more celebrity favorites.

Porcelain was a May 2016 selection for Amazon's Best Books of the Month in Humor & Entertainment. See more Celebrity Picks from the Amazon Book Review.


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1-'the journals of john cheever' before i started writing 'porcelain' i tried to read as many memoirs as i could, both to see what was being done well and, um not so well. the most remarkable 'memoir'(in this case a memoir in the form of journal entries) i read was 'the journals of john cheever'. since high school i'd loved his short fiction, but the brutal and heartbreaking honesty of his journals left me stunned.

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2-'the moviegoer' -walker percy. i first discovered walker percy's books when i was in college, and the dry and sympathetic way with which he presented his protagonists as they stumbled through their dislocated lives resonated deeply with me. 'the moviegoer' was the first walker percy book i read, and it's still the one that i go back to.

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3-'the complete stories' -flannery o'connor. when i was 15 years old in 1980 i borrowed my mother's copy of flannery o'connor's 'the complete stories' and, not to overstate it, my life changed. the world she described, or created, was so dark and brutal and funny and bleak that it both sucked the life out of me and filled me with new, strange joy. i return to her short stories as often as i can, and even after reading them a few hundred times they still leave me in awe.

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