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17 November 2010 @ 09:08 pm
quick book meme  
.. because I really should be talking about politics but thinking about politics makes me feel more depressed about it than I feel already. So, meme stolen from wandersfound, because I should be writing a thesis and I need procrastination material.

The Rules: Don't take too long to think about it. Fifteen authors (poets included) who have influenced you and will always stick with you. List the first 15 you can recall in no more than 15 minutes, and they don't have to be listed in order of relevance to you.

1. George Orwell
2. Stephen King
3. E. M. Forster
4. Emily Bronte
5. Alexandre Dumas
6. Nick Hornby
7. Michael Chabon
8. Margaret Atwood
9. Franz Kafka
10. John Steinbeck
11. Vladimir Nabokov
12. J. R. R. Tolkien
13. Paul Verlaine
14. Javier Marìas
15. Primo Levi

(Honorable mentions: T.S. Eliot who actually should have maybe made the list but it didn't happen, Stendhal, Neil Gaiman, Kurt Vonnegut and Edgar Allan Poe. I should feel bad for the lack of Italian people in this list, but I guess I'll put a remedy to that next time. Also influencing is not the same thing as liking, but whatever. XD)

Ugh seriously someone inject some motivation in me. I actually like what I'm doing. I can write in a pretty decent Italian and I can even make footnotes right. And apparently I didn't make mistakes with the bibliography. Why am I procrastinating so much? *sigh* *goes to re-read another bunch of Kant biographies to add stuff into chapter one*
 
 
feeling: boredbored
on rotation: something on the radio I can't place
 
 
 
elliotsmelliot: Book Tree Girlelliotsmelliot on November 17th, 2010 09:38 pm (UTC)
*Injects needle full of Kant energy*

I love how your list is a mixture of classic and modern authors!

the female ghost of tom joad: booksjanie_tangerine on November 17th, 2010 11:17 pm (UTC)
In the end I did some reading, so I guess it's good? Still, tomorrow I'll need your needle. ;)

And ha, I like to be varied!
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the female ghost of tom joad: tangerinesjanie_tangerine on November 17th, 2010 11:18 pm (UTC)
It's a nice one! :D and Steinbeck should be in all lists. ;)
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the female ghost of tom joad: 1984janie_tangerine on November 17th, 2010 11:19 pm (UTC)
Orwell will always be my favorite. ♥ and thanks! Lol in the end I did some reading so better than nothing but tomorrow I'll have to be productive. WHY. ;)
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the female ghost of tom joad: booksjanie_tangerine on November 17th, 2010 11:37 pm (UTC)
*ABSORBS SUBLIMINAL MESSAGE*

Poe is awesome. ♥ I like everything he did. And while my favorite Gaiman remains American Gods I'll totes agree on Good Omens. :DD

Yep I saw the Wonder Boys movie! It was nice, though the book was better and in the movie I think they did two very wrong things aka cutting all the middle part of the book and casting Katie Holmes. /ew/ I like pretty much everything Chabon did but I think he writes so well that I'd read even the grocery list if he wrote it. ;) Kavalier & Clay is totally his best though. Still the best recent book I've read in the last five years or so.

Umberto Eco was kind of almost making the list actually. :DD I do love him, but I've read more non-fiction by him than novels, and since I had thought this was mostly for novels/poetry/fiction rather than non-fiction he didn't make it. Alright, not like Primo Levi wrote -fiction-, heck no, but in terms of influence he was more important and I wanted at least an Italian. XDD
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the female ghost of tom joad: tangerinesjanie_tangerine on November 17th, 2010 11:45 pm (UTC)
Totes agreeing on the rest of the cast -nodnod- but K Holmes = miscast. Hell, the girl in the book wasn't even a brunette if I recall right. XDD

Well my favorite from Eco is totally Name of the Rose <33 god I think it was the only time in my life I enjoyed something related with philosophy AND Middle Ages. (Er, let's sat that medieval philosophy never was my favorite subject /hides)

Re Borges, I read something ages ago but we never exactly clicked. I probably should give him another chance though. Uhm, well, if I do graduate I'll have some two months to catch up with literature, I might try then. ;)

Ooh, is that one good? I read that one Pearl wrote about Dante which I think was like his first and I did enjoy it a lot, but I hadn't heard that he had written one on Poe too. Interesting... *adds to list*
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the female ghost of tom joad: tangerinesjanie_tangerine on November 17th, 2010 11:54 pm (UTC)
Hey, I like Joyce! Okay, well, I just read The Dubliners but it's mostly because when five years ago I tried Ulysses I decided that my English was good enough for the Bronte sisters but def. not good enough for not-Dubliners Joyce. But I'll totally read it soon-ish, I think that I improved. XD ;)
Lady Macbeth: Writer at Workladymacbeth77 on November 18th, 2010 08:03 pm (UTC)
Su alcuni mi trovi perfettamente d'accordo ♥
the female ghost of tom joad: !!! <3janie_tangerine on November 18th, 2010 11:54 pm (UTC)
Il numero cinque tipo? Ma tiro proprio a caso eh. XD ;) ♥