22 Books

I have exactly 22 books next to my bed. Some are writing books. Two are yoga books. I haven’t gotten very far on any of them. No reason.

“Life After Death” by Damien Echols. I’m kind of scared to see what must be in the pages of this book. I already know it’s brutal. That’s what happens when you spend 18 years on death row for a murder you didn’t commit, 10 of them in solitary confinement.

I Was Told There’d Be Cake” by Sloane Crosley. A collection of essays about everything and nothing. I’ve actually read almost all of them. Brilliant.

“Manuscript Found in Accra” by Paulo Coelho. I’m not sure how it got there. I think my friend Adam loaned it to me, which means it’s probably great but I haven’t started it.

“Waking” by Matthew Sanford. Adam, did you loan me that one too? Dang it! No clue.

Allen Ginsberg’s Selected Poems, 1947-1995. I got it used at Counterpoint Bookstore on Franklin. Someone wrote notes in it. One poem:

It is the moon that disappears
It is the stars that hide not I
It’s the City that vanishes, I stay
with my forgotten shoes,
my invisible stocking
It is the call of a bell

“Awakening the Buddhist Heart” by Lama Surya Das. I love this book. I’ve read it many times. But I don’t know if I’ve read this exact one. I’ve given away probably two of them. Hardbacks, if I recall.

“Sidhartha” by Hermann Hesse, “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” by Robert M. Pirsig and “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams. I ordered all three of these at the same time online because I had never read them and I still haven’t read them.

“M Train” by Patti Smith. Just got it at her reading I went to. Can’t wait.

“Dracula” by Bram Stoker and “Psycho” by Robert Bloch. Both given to me by my friend Miranda. She gets me.

Written by Anne Clendening
Anne Clendening was born and raised in L.A. She's a yoga teacher, a writer and occasionally slings cocktails in a Hollywood bar. She could eat chocolate cake for every meal of the day. She has a huge fear of heights and flying. And fire. She wishes she could speak French, play her guitar better and make cannoli. She's probably listening to The Dark Side Of The Moon right now, kickin’ it with her boxer dog and her hot Australian husband ★