Picked this up at a used book sale once and am finally getting to it and an odd little book it is. Paul Williams makes a list of what he considers the top forty artistic achievements of the last century. Some of them are what you'd expect ULYSSES by James Joyce, GRAVITY"S RAINBOW by Pynchon, ON THE ROAD by Kerouac, but most of them are quirky choices such as Krazy Kat Sunday page, "Horses" by Patti Smith, the directing and musical score for Leone's "For a Few Dollars More," WINNIE the POOH by A. A. Milne, "Sister Ray" by the Velvet Underground, "The Human Declaration of Rights" by Eleanor Roosevelt. Several paintings make his cut: Dance by Henri Matisse and Girl Before a Mirror by Picasso. Music's represented by Dylan (Renaldo and Clara) The Beach Boys (Pet Sounds) the Beatles (Things We Said Today) the Rolling Stones (Now!), Coltrane (Impressions Side 1)Hank Williams' Lost Highway are on there. Movies include "Gandhi," "Two-Lane Blacktop," and "Kundun" Well, there's more, but you get the idea. Each choice gets an essay to explain it.
What are some of the works of art you'd include on your 20th Century's Top Forty?
There's no television on his list, but I might include "Homicide: Life on the Streets" on mine. Too early for "The Wire."