and anything by Dostoevsky or Nietszche
Gene Fowler's Minutes of the Last Meeting is an admittedly sentimental look at the author's then fast-fading friends, but since his friends were people like John Barrymore, WC Fields, John Decker (painter and set designer) and Sadakichi Hartmann (poet, critic, secretary as a young man to Walt Whitman) it's pretty fascinating stuff. Everyone named (including the author) is a true eccentric, but Hartmann (whose father was German and mother Japanese, a dangerous combination to have in WW2) topped them all in delusory and strange behavior. He's the subject of the book, though anecdotes about his better known companions take up much of the actual writing; there are some excellent stories about WC Fields (who knew he was dying and didn't waste time with pleasantries because of it), Decker and Barrymore. Fowler - who counted Jack Dempsey, Damon Runyon and "king of jazz" bandleader Paul Whiteman among his lifelong friends - was also a great stylist; Minutes of the Last Meeting makes it as much on the writing as the "Old Hollywood" gossip.
FFS Breck, at least discuss the books you recommend (And if you're gonna post pix of their covers, make sure we can actually see their titles).
Robert Baer: Sleeping With the Devil