James Altucher and Brian Koppelman on reading fiction to be smarter

Author/investor James Altucher recently had Brian Coppelman (writer/producer of Rounders and Oceans 13) on his show to discuss the importance of reading fiction — no matter what do or want to accomplish in life.

You can listen to the podcast here, in which James and Brian talk about how important fiction is to all of us because writing has become so important to all of us.

James and Brian also reference a ton of authors and books. I think I have the full list here, along with Amazon links if you’re looking for some summer reading.

David Benioff
City of Thieves
When the Nines Roll Over: And Other Stories

Tim O’ Brien
In The Lake of The Woods
The Things They Carried

Charles Bukowski

Albert Camus
The Stranger

Raymond Carver

Geoffrey Chaucer
The Canterbury Tales

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Theodore Dreiser
The Financier

Bret Easton Ellis
American Psycho
Less Than Zero

James Ellroy
American Tabloid
L.A. Confidential

John Fante
Ask the Dust

Malcom Gladwell

Joel Greenblatt

Ernest Hemmingway

Pam Houston
Cowboys Are My Weakness: Stories

Dennis Johnson
Jesus’ Son: Stories

Thom Jones
The Pugilist at Rest

Franz Kafka

Amy Koppelman
I Smile Back

W. Somerset Maugham

Lorrie Moore

Haruki Murakami
Kafka on the shore
Norwegian Wood
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

Jerzy Kosinski
Pinball
Steps
The Painted Bird
Being There
Cockpit

Khaled Hosseini
The Kite Runner

Curzio Malaparte
Kaputt

Frank McCourt
Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir

J.D. Salinger

George Saunders

Hunter S. Thompson

Francois Voltaire
Candide

David Foster Wallace

Tom Wolfe
Electric Kool Aid Acid Test

Don Winslow
The Winter of Frankie Machine

Looks like my summer list is set and then some.

Any other recommendations?

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