A Fan's Notes
I'm not actually reading it this instant, but I am going to start re-reading it as soon as I slough through "My Year of Meats."
"A Fan's Notes" by Frederick Exley is one of my favorite books. It's funny, it's painful, it's bizarre, and it's "semi-autobiographical." The book is actually the first part of a trilogy, but it's the only good part. The third installment isn't even in print any longer.
Volume 1 is an amazing novel though. It basically chronicles Exley's desperation to become a famous novelist. In and out of mental institutions, jobs, and alcoholism, the book, his first novel, is his redemption.