Several years ago I began making topical lists of books, mostly because I was asked for “good poker books” or “books about New Jersey.” I updated these enumerations from time to time, and they tend to revolve around a center somewhere in New Jersey (worked for William Gibson’s sprawl trilogy). The list includes poker (playing and players), ice hockey, the Jersey shore, and Princeton University. There are a lot of degenerates in these books, in casinos, bars, bands, and mathematics departments. They filled me with joy over many years.