“Snakes! They’re like bits of rope, only angrier. Snakes are feared by millions because a) they’ve been demonised by the entertainment industry, which portrays them as emotionless predators, and b) they look weird and awful when they try to swallow eggs.
Oh, and c) they kill about 100,000 people a year.”—Charlie Brooker
I like a lot of authors but it many cases it’s just one book by each so in regards to canon I guess I would say Knut Hamsun. Hunger, Mysteries and Growth of the Soil are simply some of the best things I’ve ever read. Special mention goes to Willa Cather for My Antonia. I really cared about everyone in that book. Turgenev is great too. So is Woody Guthrie’s autobiography Bound For Glory. And Seize The Day by Saul Bellow. I’ll stop.
This is a waaaaaay hard question. Right now, ‘Petersburg, Liberty Theatre, 1914’ by Swan Lake. As for favourite ever, there can never be only one. Stuff like ‘Range Life’ by Pavement, ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’ by Madvillain, ‘Alice’ by Tom Waits, ‘A New Career In A New Town’ by David Bowie. I could go on all day really, I like rather a lot of stuff.