Art Garfunkel the bookworm?

David K. Israel

Every now and then I stumble upon something online that just blows me away. Usually I share it with you all, like over the summer when I heard about the blind interior designer who got his own reality TV show.

(Just curious: did anyone ever watch an episode? Was it as sad and awful as it sounded?)

Anyway, today I happened upon something ever so slightly more elevated, but just as mind-blowing. On Art Garfukel's website, one can browse the titles of EVERY book he's read since "“ strapped in? "“ JUNE OF 1968!!!! You simply have to see this to believe it.

I was fascinated to learn, for instance, that in 1969 alone, Art read over 20 books, including Philip Roth's Goodbye, Columbus and Portnoy's Complaint, Malamud's The Assistant, Jospeh Heller's Catch 22, Voltaire's Candide, Tolstoy's War and Peace, Shakespeare's Hamlet, and Brontë's Wuthering Heights. And that's just the beginning of '69! And don't forget that 1969 was a year the famous duo was on tour in the wake of the success of "The Sound of Silence."

I guess what boggles the mind is not only that he had so much down time to consume books of some heft, but that he kept track! Who remembers what I read 30 years ago?! (Okay, Pat the Bunny, but still"¦)

For more fun, check out Art's "Favorite Books," too!