Celebrity Picks: David Duchovny's Favorite Recent Reads

Adrian Liang on April 26, 2018

DavidDuchovny.jpgPerhaps best known for his roles as Fox Mulder in The X-Files and as Hank Moody in Californication, David Duchovny is also an author with a wide range of interests and an eye for the ludicrousness in life. His first book, Holy Cow (Monty Python fans will appreciate the French edition's title: Oh, La Vache!), playfully exposes intolerance and advocates respect in a pseudo-children's book. His 2016 novel Bucky F*cking Dent recounts a man's over-the-top efforts in the late 1970s to persuade his dying father that his beloved, long-suffering Red Sox might finally make it to the World Series.

On May 1, Duchovny releases a new novel, Miss Subways, which has gotten delighted responses from our in-house early readers. Duchovny brings his offbeat sense of humor and his keen observational skills to a tale of a normal (or is she?) subway-riding New Yorker, delivering a story that is both fantastical and deeply grounded at once.

We asked Duchovny which books he had read and enjoyed lately, and here are his answers.

American Pastoral by Philip Roth - It’s the most inclusive American epic of the past 50 years. A drama that resonates writ large on the American family.

Molloy by Samuel Beckett - Exists somewhere on the edge of human consciousness where we have become our thoughts. Obsessive, inventive, infuriating, hysterical.

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Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness by Peter Godfrey-Smith - Traces the evolution of another animal besides man into higher consciousness and it’s an octopus. We all should be reminded not only of the human hearts we share this planet with, but also the thinking feeling beasts—and octopi. Real science that feels like science fiction.

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