Tuesday, February 24, 2009

writer - me

My folk at morphological confetti tagged me. Yep, I know i hate tags and said I wasn't gone do one. Butterah, this was cool with me. Im supposed to list my 25 writers that have influenced me the most. Outside of #1, no particular order.

  1. Voltaire
  2. Albert Camus
  3. Leo Tolstoy
  4. Countee Cullen
  5. Nella Larsen
  6. Chekih Anta Diop
  7. Carroll Quigley
  8. Anais Ninn
  9. Leibnz
  10. IceBerg Slim
  11. Carter G. Woodson
  12. Anton Chekhov
  13. Alexander Dumas
  14. Fredrick Douglass
  15. Geoffrey Chaucer
  16. Trey Ellis
  17. Malcolm X
  18. Thomas Jefferson
  19. Pablo Neruda
  20. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  21. Sterling Brown
  22. Langston Hughes
  23. Maya Angelo
  24. Anthony Burgess
  25. Tsitsi Dangarembga

Now: the rich house, capacity 4 private eyes, Write for life, kitty cleopatra, ms lady deborah, thermopylae hillbilly, keith's space, the portia diaries, star the barbie, limited means, promenade, imperfectly perfect, y paisley, mac daddy, BuelahMan's, joi, yasmeen christian, the socialite, assertive wit, Villiager and glamazon-og – tag yawl it.


President Anthony Taurus said...

nice list.. i have to look up some of those names tho lol. what about james baldwin or aristotle? top 30, not quite 25? LOL

paisley said...

i never do meme's either,, but i will keep the list in my thoughts and see what i come up with... i am so with you on the anais nin tho,

i have been working on building a piece around the following of her quotes, "life shrinks or expands according to one's courage." Anais Nin

Dope Fiend said...

Yes Voltaire
Ieberg Slim
Malcolm X
Martin Luther King, jr
Maya Angelou!

some of my most influentials as well!

I must check out the rest of your list!

no_slappz said...

torrance, you wrote:

"Im supposed to list my 25 writers that have influenced me the most."

Influenced? How?

Quality of content? Writing style? Outright enjoyment of their work?

B.Marie said...


SoulOnIce said...

Are you familiar with Donald Goines??? His style was influenced by Iceberg Slim. If not, I'll put you up on game.

Anonymous said...

I picked up Delta of Venus years ago. I hadn't thought of it in years.

msladyDeborah said...

I was reading this post for the second time and then I realized you tagged me! But it is all good since this is a topic that I'm willing to share info about.

Lola Gets said...

I didnt get into Anais Nin til I got to college. I havent found many men who have been into her, though.


Sista GP said...

With at least a thousand (I think you've said) in your library, was it difficult to list just 25?

Anonymous said...

I read this a second time and realized I have no clue what tagging means or why it matters but then I rarely understand what bloggers or gamers are talking about.

Here are some words for all of you. Have a wonderful day and spread a little surprise, wonder and good will where ever your day takes you.


no_slappz said...

torrance, I must say it surprises me your list omits Ralph Ellison. He's number-one among black writers.

All-Mi-T [Thought Crime] Rawdawgbuffalo said...

President Anthony Taurus
yep, "If beale street could talk - one of my fav books of all time. no sophist make my list lol

that will be a great post i bet

Dope Fiend
u got good taste folk

style and enjoyment mainly

Anjl Marie
thank u sister how have u been

yep, read all of his and he was on the list of final cuts

Wild Gypsy
she was a great writer, loved her style of prose

2 times a charm

Lola Gets
i am all mean maam - lol

Sista GP
thousands - plural, and yes it was w exception of Voltaire

Wild Gypsy
means that have to do a list as well

Yea, I like him too, had to leave off walter Mosely as well

Anonymous said...

No Charles Bukowski?

Bougie Applebum said...

Great list! But I need to check out some of the names listed...some are unfamiliar. I guess it's true, I don't know everything after all. lol

rainywalker said...

Thanks Raw Dawg. I'm working on the list, trying to remember a 3rd grade author and looking for a image, just right.

no_slappz said...

Here's the question -- is there a black writer who writes fiction and non-fiction about black life the way Tom Wolfe (The Right Stuff, Bonfire of the Vanities) covers the white experience?

KELSO'S NUTS said...

Anais Nin is the nuts. I defy anyone to read DELTA OF VENUS and not be good to go. Surprised to read here that a lot of men aren't into her writing. Any man who hasn't discovered her yet is a lucky man who's in for a big treat.

The three overlooked American master fiction writers are Nelson Algren, Flannery O'Connor and John O'Hara.

No Garcia Marquez? It's all great stuff if you know nothing about Colombia. If you know something about Colombia, you get why his talent is SICK. Imagine reading THE CRUCIBLE in the 1950s but in novel form, much more densely packed and elaborate and you'll see why AUTUMN OF THE PATRIARCH set in the future with no characters drawn to represent any specfic person IS a perfect representation of 1970s Colombia, strong shades of which prevail today. Better in Spanish if you can read it. If not ONLY read the Rabassa translation.

Late 19th-century social realism doesn't do it for you other than Russian, eh? For my money, top two are Dickens and Galdos. Well, OK, you mentioned Doyle but the Sherlock Holmes stories are really more philosophy than literaure.

Fiction of Ratiocination should really be its own category, though. Chandler, Hammett, Walter Mosley, James Ellroy (though I think the latter two lose something in plot and style by obsessively evoking a period from decades in the future), Ruth Rendell for general weirdness, and maybe the best of all is Richard Price who wrote a ton of TV and movie crime scripts but only two mystery novels, CLOCKERS and FREEDOMLAND. In whatever genre, Price hasn't really published or had mounted BAD fiction. Unblemished record.

In the category of ONLY one perfect novel and OUT are Zora Neale Hurston, J.D. Salinger and John Kennedy Toole and you can make a case for Vincent Patrick.

Lady Zora, Chauncey DeVega, and Gordon Gartrelle said...

Wait a minute, I thought black folk were only supposed to read other black folk!

just kidding.

you know where this respectable negro stands on that nonsense.

chauncey d

All-Mi-T [Thought Crime] Rawdawgbuffalo said...

well he was the truth, i do like a lot of his short stories, but seems like all are in LA

Bougie Applebum
LOL u silly and how have u been?

No problem Dante.

Dont get me wrong I love Tom Too, but i had formed style based on these earlier , b4 i read him

Ruth is wierd and Miller and Sir C. Doyle - well so true

Lady Zora, Chauncey DeVega, and Gordon Gartrelle

AssertiveWit said...

I LOVE reading but I read so much RANDOM stuff that there are only a few writers that actually influence me as a person today. I'll do your tag and list my little handful though LOL

KELSO'S NUTS said...

TOORRANCE/NO_Slappz: Saul Bellow, Salvador Dali and Tom Wolfe are (were) three exceptional artists who each in his way ADVANCED his genre forward and changed the way a lot of people thought about art and literature. YET DID IT FROM A THOROUGHLY RIGHT-WING PERSPECTIVE.

no_slappz said...


I did not mention Saul Bellow, though I admire his work.

Wolfe is in my top ten favorite writers.

Salvador Dali, as far as I know, never wrote anything except checks.

Meanwhile, I am reading Richard Price's Lush Life now.

Unknown said...

It seems that we have 25 totally different authors on our lists (smile). I did go ahead and add my post about the 25 authors that have influenced me on my blog.

Thanx for asking...

peace, Villager

Stephen A. Bess said...

Thanks brother. I'm not fond of tags either, but I liked this. Great list. Frederick Douglass? Cool, he is one of my favorites in history. I visit his home in DC often. I have some pictures that I will post soon. Take care. Peace~

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