Title Recommendations based on Henry Chinaski

As I Lay Dying

One of William Faulkner's finest novels, As I Lay Dying, remains a captivating and stylistically innovative work. The story revolves around a grim yet darkly humorous pilgrimage, as Addie Bundren's family sets out to fulfill her last wish: to be buried in her native Jefferson, Mississippi, far from the miserable backwater surroundings of her married life. Told through multiple voices, As I Lay Dying vividly brings to life Faulkner's imaginary South, one of literature's great invented landscapes, and is replete with the poignant, impoverished, violent, and hypnotically fascinating characters that were his trademark.

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On the Road: 50th Anniversary Edition

Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty roam the country in a quest for self-knowledge and experience. Kerouac's classic novel of freedom and longing defined what it meant to be "Beat" and has inspired every generation since its initial publication more than fifty years ago. Kerouac's love of America, his compassion for humanity, and his sense of language as jazz combine to make On the Road an inspirational work of lasting importance.

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Louie

Louie stars Louie C.K.—who also writes, directs, edits, and produces the show—portraying a fictionalized version of himself. The series benefits from?C.K.'s typically irreverent stand-up comedy, but it's the raw-meets-absurd treatment of the life of a father and divorc&?eacute; living in contemporary New York City that kept viewers watching.

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The Wire

In West Baltimore, neighborhoods are tough and filled with gangs and guns. There, it's play or get played. Stringer Bell and his childhood friend Avon Barksdale have turned a once-modest drug-dealing ring into a drug empire. But they can't shake pesky detective Jimmy McNulty's operation, which is slowly but surely building a case against them. That is, if other gangs don't get to them first.

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Spec Ops: The Line

Spec Ops: The Line's emotional narrative unfolds within the destroyed opulence of Dubai. Once a playground for the world's wealthiest elite, now Dubai has been reclaimed by Mother Nature, buried underneath the most devastating sandstorm ever recorded. Spec Ops: The Line allows gamers to play as Captain Martin Walker, leader of an elite Delta Force team ordered to infiltrate the treacherous region and bring home U.S. Army Colonel John Konrad.

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The Stranger

Through the story of an ordinary man unwittingly drawn into a senseless murder on an Algerian beach, Camus explored what he termed "the nakedness of man faced with the absurd."

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Heart of Darkness

Heart of Darkness follows Marlow, a riverboat captain, on a voyage into the African Congo at the height of European colonialism. Astounded by the brutal depravity he witnesses, Marlow becomes obsessed with meeting Kurtz, a famously idealistic and able man stationed farther along the river. What he finally discovers, however, is a horror beyond imagining.

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Mafia

Thomas Angelo, a taxi driver living in the 1930s in Lost Heaven (based on San Francisco and Chicago), enters a mafia gang led by Don Salieri and gets mixed up in a storyline including many plots, robberies and assassinations, later deciding to become an informant against the mob. Driven by third-person gunplay, realistic driving mechanics and advanced graphics, Mafia immerses the player into a real-world mobster story.

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The Grapes of Wrath

Steinbeck's Pulitzer Prize winning epic of the Great Depression chronicles the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s and tells the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, driven from their homestead and forced to travel west to the promised land of California. Out of their trials and their repeated collisions against the hard realities of an America divided into haves and have-nots evolves a drama that is intensely human yet majestic in its scale and moral vision, elemental yet plainspoken, tragic but ultimately stirring in its human dignity. A portrait of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless, of one man's fierce reaction to injustice, and of one woman's stoical strength, the novel captures the horrors of the Great Depression and probes the very nature of equality and justice in America.

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Mobile Suit Gundam

Mobile Suit Gundam features giant robots called mobile suits waging war.

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Curb Your Enthusiasm

The former co-creator of TV's Seinfeld goes into his office every day, but doesn't do much work. Though he does entertain himself with side projects including a lead role in a revival of The Producers, a Seinfeld reunion episode, and a brief stint as a car salesman. He's the go-to person for telling it how it is, and as long as a few off-color remarks don't bother you, he's great company.

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Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley revolves the employees of a start-up called Pied Piper who live together in a bachelor pad known as the Hacker Hostel, where witty, nerdy banter is constantly flying across the living room. A lossless compression algorithm could make them all billionaires, but they have to learn to play the game in time to beat a rival's well-funded Pied Piper rip-off.

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The Man in the High Castle

Based on Philip K. Dick's award-winning novel, The Man in the High Castle explores what it would be like if the Allied Powers had lost WWII, and Japan and Germany ruled the United States.

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Deus Ex

In the dystopian future of the year 2052, society slowly spirals into chaos. A lethal virus, the Gray Death, ravages the world. The only vaccine, Ambrosia, is in such short supply, it is only available to those wealthy enough and deemed vital to the social order. With no hope for a cure for the common people, riots occur worldwide and a number of terrorist organizations have formed. As a response, the United Nations has created The United Nations Anti-Terrorist Coalition (UNATCO). You assume the role of JC Denton, a nanotechnologically augmented UNATCO agent. After completing his training, JC gets slowly plunged into the world of augmentations, human misery, and conspiracies, determined to uncover the truth behind the real world order. Every new implant you install in your body and every skill you invest in counts (except for swimming!) and opens new possibilities.

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StarCraft

StarCraft is a strategic game set in a Galaxy far away on multiple planets. It's style and balance between the three antagonistic species it features is unique and appealed to millions.

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