Tuesday, July 25, 2017

My Influences... And Yours?

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Like many writers, I was reared on a never-ending veneration for big guns such as Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, James Joyce, and Virginia Woolf. Authors who’ve passed some ‘immortal’ litmus test for stuffy academic types to get overly excited about. Harsh? Perhaps, because most of the top tier lit club have deservedly earned their marks. But along the path I’ve learned some of the best prose originates from sources other than these writing titans. Here are two actors—who apparently fancied putting pen to paper over starring roles—and one journalist that I would stack up with the best of the best and have returned to often for inspiration.

3 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

I've read some Fisher and some Hitchens. Loren Eiseley is probably the essayist who has most influenced me.

oscar case said...

I've read a little Hitchens, interesting writer, but a little liberal, great sense of humor.
Haven't read the other two. I think my wife would like the Burton diaries.

David Cranmer said...

Just looked up Loren Eiseley, Charles. Intrigued.

Oscar, I'd say Hitch was a lot liberal. Started out in the Marx camp.