Below are Phoebe Robinson's favorite books, available to purchase individually or as a set.
Phoebe Robinson began her career in comedy, both in stand-up and as a writer for shows like Girl Code and Broad City. Her writing has been published in the New York Times and Vanity Fair, and she is the author of the New York Times Bestselling “You Can't Touch My Hair and Other Things I Still Have to Explain." Along with Jessica Williams, Robinson co-created and co-hosts 2 Dope Queens, a WNYC podcast-turned series of HBO specials which premiered in 2018. Robinson continues to perform stand-up and will make her film debut in Netflix’s Ibiza this summer. See the full list...
Like lots of people, I really love Roxane Gay. This is one of my favorite essay collections I’ve read in the past five to ten years. She’s really good at conversational writing that’s also academic and intelligent and funny. After #MeToo there’s a lot of introspection, and people need to analyze themselves and see what feminist they’ll be. There’s no perfect feminist.
I don’t really read Stephen King—I just can’t read scary things because it stays with me too long—but I truly liked his memoir of the craft of writing. It’s the most accurate depiction of what writing is like and it’s not necessarily glamorous the way we’ve seen it on “Sex and the City,” where you sit down and bang out an article in 30 minutes. He’s good at mining his personal life and letting that inspire his creativity. That’s the ideal way to go about writing, to be informed by your life and use it in a way that can entertain other people.
U2 by U2
I’m a huge fan of U2. I saw them six times last summer. My boyfriend’s like ‘We get it, they’re almost 60, relax.’ The band gives an oral history of their entire career like they’ve never done before. I’m always intrigued by books in which people retrace their steps — this thing didn’t work out and this thing didn’t work out, then this thing sorta did, then we lost our momentum… but it really was cool to see their creative process from before they started as a band in high school. Hopefully I can do even one tenth of the things they do to inspire people. It’s long, so you’ll have to buckle up for a bit. But it’s definitely worth it.
$181.69 Hope Against Hope
$131.87 Native Life in South Africa
$153.86 Man’s Search for Meaning
From: $91.98 Gentlemen
$164.89 Dark Matter
$132.94 The Autobiography of Malcom X
as told to Alex Haley
$169.69 The Wall
$162.83 Autobiography of Red
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