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Ad Celebrity Book List: Brian Howlett

Posted on January 9, 2007 and read 1,244 times

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Brian Howlett is Partner/CD at Axmith McIntyre Wicht, an independent Canadian shop that’s been in business since 1959. He has worked in Asia, the U.S. and Canada, and continues to write more than he manages, including a well received article ON writing in Communication Arts. He sits on the board of the Advertising & Design Club of Canada. Brian reads everything from sports stats and comic books to War & Peace.

Tender is the Night
by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Fitzgerald’s thinly-veiled account of his enduring love for his real-life wife as she slips away from sanity breaks your heart. As does the sheer beauty of his prose.

All the Pretty Horses
by Cormac McCarthy
This take on America as it leaves its cowboy era behind strikes the perfect tone of melancholy without slipping into sentiment. Like Fitzgerald, he can turn a phrase that leaves you breathless.

High Fidelity
by Nick Hornby
This book ushered in the ‘lad’ wave of literature. Hornby’s portrait of a guy happy with mediocrity makes it tempting to wonder why the rest of us are pushing so hard.

Love in the Time of Cholera
by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Makes you wish you could read the author in his native language.

Notes from the Log of the Sea of Cortez
by John Steinbeck
In this non-fiction account of Steinbeck’s early years as a marine biologist, up pops this indelible passage on saying farewell: “It would be good to live in a perpetual state of leave-taking, never to go nor to stay, but to remain suspended in that golden emotion of love and longing; to be missed without being gone; to be loved without satiety. How beautiful one is and how desirable; for a few moments one will have ceased to exist.”

The Hobbit
by J.R.R. Tolkien
Think back to the first time you read this, and your fascination as Tolkien introduced you to Middle Earth. A magic experience for a young adult imagination.

Being Invisble
by Thomas Berger
The same guy who wrote Little Big Man also writes some of the funnier novels going. In this, the protagonist writes ad copy for a schlock novelty company. He discovers he can make himself invisible, and the novel recounts his hilarious struggle to make the best of this rare gift.

The Vampire Lestat
by Anne Rice
Stephen King has on occasion scared the wits out of me. But Anne Rice’s brand of horror is more artfully rendered, with characters that could have stepped from the pages of classic literature.

Juicing the Orange
by Pat Fallon and Fred Senn
It’s always energizing to read advertising success stories. These case studies from the consistently brilliant folks at Fallon are some of the better ones in recent memory.

Calvin & Hobbes
by Bill Watterson
Just a comic strip? For years, the adventures of the twisted little boy and his bizarre father and tiger made for some of the best writing the daily newspaper had to offer. Any collection would suffice.




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