When I asked Vince Clarke, founding member of Depeche Mode and musical genius behind synth bands Erasure & Yaz, to list his top five favorite books of all time he said, "that's impossible." Therefore, Vince shares with us (in his words) just "5 books out of 1000" that he enjoys:
(1) A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick
A drug dealer of the future periodically moves away from his spaced-out world to become an informer for narcotics agents until he becomes unable to separate his two personalities.
Vince says he likes the book: "co's it's so 'friggin' weird."
(2) A Sound of Thunder by Ray Bradbury:
Thirty-two short stories
Vince says: "My 'addiction to fiction' began right here."
(3) The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
A classic novel set during the Great Depression.
Vince says: "The last sentence makes me cry (everytime)."
(4) Christine by Stephen King
A creepy book about a possessed car.
Vince says it is: "one of the scariest books i've read."
(5) The Quiet American by Graham Greene
A war story set in Indo-China.
Vince says: "because some days I like to revel in misery (but only for an hour or two)."
Check out NYPL's collection of Vince Clarke's bands:
Vince Clarke's music can also be found on the audiobook version of ghostgirl by Tonya Hurley!