Ground control to ... Ignatius J. Reilly? David Bowie’s favorite books list includes ‘Confederacy of Dunces’

Entertainment and cultural writers have spent the week looking back at the life of iconic rock star David Bowie, focusing on his varied talents and the multiple ways he reinvented himself over the years.

Bowie died Jan. 10, after an 18-month battle with cancer.

And though his love of reading may not be considered a big part of his legend, it was important to Bowie -- important enough for him to list his top 100 favorite books on his official website, davidbowie.com. His Louisiana fans may take particular interest in this piece of trivia, because one of his favorites was John Kennedy Toole’s classic comedy, “A Confederacy of Dunces.”

The novel chronicles the New Orleans adventures of Ignatius J. Reilly. It was first published by LSU Press in 1980 and won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1981.

Bowie’s reading preferences were diverse, including fiction and nonfiction, along with a few comic book collections along the way. To see the other books that join “A Confederacy of Dunces” on this list, visit davidbowie.com/news/bowie-s-top-100-books-complete-list-52061.

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