Bookseller One Grand Books has asked celebrities to name the ten titles they’d take to a desert island, and they’ve shared the results with Vulture. Below is fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi’s list.
I, Claudius by Robert Graves
All those plot twists and intrigue. I could read and reread it on the desert island and never be bored.
The Diaries of Dawn Powell: 1931-1965
Dawn Powell’s diaries would place me in NYC no matter how remote this desert island is. Images, ideas, perfectly parceled out, brief, heartbreaking observations, a kind of urbane wisdom, even if you don’t like her novels.
The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain
One hilarious, slightly embarrassing pleasure cruise to Europe and the Middle East, wickedly funny, capturing the American sensibility.
Memoirs of Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar
Maybe the most rewarding gay love story of all time.
The Rest Is Noise by Alex Ross
On this desert island I’m guessing there isn’t a boom box, so I’d take this book about the history of 20th century music in which Satie and Wagner are so beautifully described and placed in their own time, it’s as if you hear it playing.
Dog Songs by Mary Oliver
I’d go to any desert island as long as there were dogs. And this book of poems.
The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann
To reread this would probably occupy me for the entire length of time I was stranded on the island, and I’d be compelled the entire time.
The Glass Of Fashion by Cecil Beaton
A necessary glimpse into a more elegant time.
The Rings of Saturn by W.G. Sebald
The Rings of Saturn, (or any of Sebald’s books). One of the few books in which added pictures actually matter.
The Elements of Style by Maira Kalman
Literary style is never more important to me than on a desert island, but more, the drawings, the correlations, the wit and color of this book would sustain me forever.