The second-best thing to a PKM Book Club would be a David Bowie Book Club. Since the former doesn’t exist, we recommend the latter.
We can already see the rubber-band bracelets: WWDR (What would David read?)
If you really want to know the answer to that question, you can now join the online book club being set up by Bowie’s son, Duncan Jones. Jones—David’s son with Angie—has consulted a list that Bowie made in 2013 of his 100 favorite books and he’s created a worldwide book-reading circle called the David Bowie Book Club.
As a talented film director—his sci-fi thriller Moon, starring Sam Rockwell, is a must see—it is not as if Jones doesn’t have enough on his plate already. However, he is, in PKM’s view, taking a very “punk” approach to this book club: No club dues, special T-shirts, yoga mats, product tie-ins or even tie-ins with publishers are being flogged. Instead, each month Jones will pick one of his father’s favorite 100 books (see list below), allow a full month to pass in order that club members have time to read it, and then lead a worldwide discussion via Twitter.
Jones made the following online statement: “”My dad was a beast of a reader… I’ve been feeling a building sense of duty to go on the same literary marathon in tribute to dad. Time allowing…”
The first book selected is Hawksmoor, by Peter Ackroyd, a postmodernist mystery that won the 1985 Whitbread Award for best novel. It involves time travel to 18th-century London, where a wacky architect builds seven churches so that he can engage in human sacrifices, and then to the present day, when a detective named Nicholas Hawksmoor investigates the century-old crimes.
If you want to follow David Bowie into the story, you better get started. You have until February 1st to complete your reading of Hawksmoor.
You can tune in to Duncan Jones on February 1st at his Twitter account: