Books Gertrude Stein Could Take Them All
posted by August 20 at 16:45 PMon
Guy’s Lit Wire has a list of the 5 Most Hardcore Writers of All Time.
#2 is Thoreau:
But wait, you say. Thoreau was a pacifist. He wouldn’t hurt a potato beetle. (Literally. When gardening, he picked the pests off his plants by hand and carried them out to the woods.) He’s not hardcore!
But there are many roads to hardcore-dom, my friends. Thoreau took a rather meandering path, but he got there.
Think about it: You go to prison, it’s your first night, and you’re curious about what your new cell-mates did to wind up there. The first guy says he’s in for armed robbery, another says double homicide. Then, one guy looks up at you with a serene smile and says, “Oh, I’m here voluntarily.”
Now seriously, which one of them are you never turning your back on?
HARD MOTHERFUCKIN’ CORE! (Not really.) I’m a little shocked that they didn’t include Hunter Thompson (He did, like, tons of drugs!) or William S. Burroughs (Bro, he totally shot his own wife in the fuckin’ head!), or Rimbaud (Arms dealer!), or Emma Goldman (Totally fucked shit up!), or etc. But the internet does love its lists.