Whenever I see a list I have to make my own. Rather than proclaim it to be my own favorite books of the new millennium, I'll say that it's simply comprised of those books published this century that I know I'll recommend far into the future. And, I'll refrain from listing any Two Dollar Radio titles, since my decision to publish them should be a recommendation on its own.
Here are some of my favorite reads published since 2000:
Zeroville, by Steve Erickson
I'm in awe of Erickson's creativity and imagination.
Moira Orfei in Aigues-Mortes, by Wayne Koestenbaum
This is a brilliant and hilarious book, original and outrageously quirky.
Chinese Takeout, by Arthur Nersesian
My second favorite Nersesian novel (behind Manhattan Loverboy).
Do Everything in the Dark, by Gary Indiana
I frequently re-read the first several chapters of this novel repeatedly for inspiration. It's so beautiful it gives me chills.
The Road, by Cormac McCarthy
Outer Dark is in my top-five list. I genuinely love McCarthy.
Southland, by Nina Revoyr
A safe bet to recommend to high-schoolers, aunts, etc.
All My Friends Are Superheroes, by Andrew Kaufman
This book is sweet, poetic, creative, and tender.
God Jr, by Dennis Cooper
Dennis Cooper, Dennis Cooper, Dennis Cooper. (That's me chanting.)
Interpreter of Maladies, by Jhumpa Lahiri