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straight white male john nivenDo you know what the word “recursion” means? Basically, recursion means some items keep repeating themselves in a similar way. It’s like when you are holding a photo of yourself holding a photo of yourself holding a photo of yourself. Sounds pretty fun to me.

So, I was doing a bit of research on recursion recently (for a novel I’m currently writing), and suddenly a funny idea popped up in my mind. It was like, “A writer, writing a book, thinking about recursion… recursion in literature—what could it be? A writer writing about writers who write about writers!”

I cannot remember many books that take up this theme, but at least I remember many novels written about writers. So, I composed a brief top 12 list of my favorite books about writers:

  1. Misery by Stephen King.
  2. Straight White Male by John Niven.
  3. The Shining by Stephen King.
  4. 1408 by Stephen King (I guess he had some issues with being a writer. Okay, jokes aside, King is great no matter what).
  5. Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov.
  6. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson by Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle (and if you ask me who is the writer in this series, I’m going to ask you in return: on whose behalf are stories about Holmes written?).
  7. The Hobbit, or There and Back Again by J.R.R. Tolkien (Remember? Bilbo was writing a book about his journeys).
  8. The cycle of stories about Randolph Carter by H.P. Lovecraft.
  9. On the Road by Jack Kerouac (you can read any book by him, and it’s going to be about a writer).
  10. Post-Office by Charles Bukowski.
  11. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut.
  12. Lunar Park by Bret Easton Ellis.

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