The list author says: "The South has created some of the best storytelling America has ever known. As a Louisiana native, I have always drawn inspiration from the writers I've shared that lineage with. These are some of my top picks in Southern Literature."
"Collected snippets of journalism by Hunter S. Thompson. A fantastic education for any burgeoning journalist. Just remember that he's the only one who can pull of saying "Sweet Jesus" and "Those Bastards" every other line."
"Published posthumously, and written in reaction to his wife's death, The Mysterious Stranger (not the version no. 44) is a dark and contemplative look at morality, cruelty, and godlessness. Where Mark Twain goes cosmic."
"I think of this as a character bible. Keep it on your shelf and read a chapter whenever you need to see how a genius at the top of his game describes a group of young men standing on a stoop, a woman in a dress crossing the street, or the inner dynamic of a love affair. Reads about as quickly as a translation of Aristotle, but reading this quickly isn't the point."