Margaret Cho

The comedian and author recommends three explosive reads.

Standup comedian, film actress, human rights activist, stage artist and memoirist — Margaret Cho’s many roles make her a performer and personality impossible to pigeonhole.  After her groundbreaking but short-lived sitcom All-American Girl, the California native chronicled her struggles with Hollywood stereotypes in the autobiographical  I’m the One that I Want.  Since then, her uncategorizable career has included passionate human rights activism, a book of essays (I Have Chosen to Stay and Fight), fashion design, rap songs, and a staggering range of film and television performances.  What are her three favorite books?

DVDs by Margaret Cho

The Ticking Is the Bomb: A Memoir

By Nick Flynn

“I’m reading the galley copy  sent to me by his editor and it’s extraordinary. It’s a memoir about having a baby in the midst of a society that condones torture, among other terrible things. It’s a book about wonder and horror and it’s got me wrapped around its book little finger. I  love the way the book unfolds in short episodes, snapshots from life. It’s incredible.”

Infinite Jest

By David Foster Wallace

“I’ve read this book more times than I have read any other book. The breadth and depth of it is astounding. It’s about everything in the world, and nothing. It’s impossible to explain to someone who hasn’t read it. You just have to urge them to read it, all of it, especially the footnotes.”

I Love Dick

By Chris Kraus

” A novel/memoir about obsessive love. Truly remarkable in its honesty and humor. So funny because it’s so true.”