Chas Smith’s 5 Must Reads

Chas Smith captured via Zoom by Owen Tozer, May 2020.

1. The Plague by Albert Camus

“Utterly topical, The Plague is a gorgeous work of literature not only thematically but structurally. So good it makes a man want to learn French”.

Read it here.

2. The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent And Depraved by Hunter S. Thompson

“Thompson at his absolute finest, covering sport while capturing and torching pop culture and being very, very funny”.

Read it here.

3. Death In The Afternoon by Ernest Hemingway

“Hemingway’s driest ever but there are pages where he attains true artistry in describing something he truly adores”.

Read it here.

4. The White Album by Joan Didion

“Joan Didion captured stories, scenes, tragedies and triumphs by placing herself squarely on the margins of actions. Her observations, and the way she lays her observations on paper, take the breath away. So good it makes a man want to become a woman”.

Read it here.

5. Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

“The funniest book ever written”.

Read it here.