BEAT Book Club: Check Out Lawrence Rothman's Wintertime Reading List - Beat Magazine

BEAT Book Club: Check Out Lawrence Rothman’s Wintertime Reading List

Welcome to 2018’s very first edition of BEAT book club. It’s bloody freezing outside, so here are some books you can read from the safety of your own home.

This time around gender/identity fluid artist Lawrence Rothman selects their recommended reads. Rothman has previously been dubbed the “Cindy Sherman of music”. Their debut album The Book of Law explores Rothman’s many identities or “alters” and the experience of vocalising this to a father who couldn’t accept it. The album is a slo-mo R&B triumph and features a host of collaborators include Kim Gordon, SOKO and Angel Olsen. Catch Rothman live in London on 5th Feb at St Pancras Old Church.

“Every season I make a book list for my close friends,” Rothman told BEAT via email, “These are the books I chose to circulate for wintertime reading. Enjoy!”

Witch Piss by Sam Pink

“Sam Pink and this book make me feel euphoric, its the perfect mix of humor and underlying sadness- I love the wig party section!”

Private Citizens by Tony Tulathimutte

“Like a modern day Breakfast Club set in San Francisco with characters who are the ultimate modern train wreck of hopeless nihilism. Such a fast read. Surprised this wasn’t turned into a film.”

Sarah By J.T Leroy

Sarah was my favorite book for years until I found out it was all faked by a 30-something women and JT Leroy was a fictional author, not real. Then I hated it.It took me a few years to get over it then I felt like well Laura Albert the real author is actually a genius and would love to hear more from her cause JT must be a real side of her personality as I have discovered inside myself – I have many.”

Problems by Jade Sharma

Problems was a book I could weirdly relate too as when I was in my late teens early 20’s – I had a heroin problem and a smart ass mouth much like the main character. The book is like modern Burroughs to me.”

Sexus, Nexus, Plexus aka The Rosy Crucifixion Trilogy By Henry Miller

“This is a classic trilogy from my favorite author Henry Miller. These were the first “real” books I read. I dove into these at 15 during a summer of self-discovery, I had no friends and sat outside my mom’s house cranking Mazzy Starr drinking packs of cheap beer and reading with my sunglasses on… these novels subconsciously shaped my teen years.”

Geek Love By Katherine Dunn

Geek Love is like Tim Burton on steroids, following mutant carny humans. These mutated characters live in all of us. This is a must-read for everyone no matter what you’re into.”

Conversations With Friends by Sally Rooney

“A love story that captures today’s society and the complications of relationships in the modern world. I loved the realism of this novel. I see a version of myself in Frances the main character.”

Moon Child by Aleister Crowley

“A classic novel by the misunderstood Crowley. Black magic verses white magic in the battle for a magical child. Feels very Star Wars 50 years before Star Wars was written – I always wondered if George Lucas read this book.”

The Penultimate Truth by Philip K Dick

“Unfortunately, in this Trump/North Korea era, this book is eerily current, though it was written 50 years ago. A great intro to the brilliant mind of our greatest sci-fi writers, Philip K Dick.”

Version Control by Dexter Miller

“Time travel subject has been done to death and always feels a bit cheesy. This is the first book I have read involving time travel that felt moving and real. Elon Musk must read this!”

The Immortalists By Chloe Benjamin

“I have made everyone I know read this. This is a must read, I wish I Wrote it! I mean, if everyone knew the date of their death, how would that affect their world? I have pondered his my whole life. If everyone knew when they were gonna go, would it be complete mayhem?”