Thursday, March 05, 2009

From Seuss To Zizek

I have been tagged by Professor Zero to join in the 25 writers meme "in which you name 25 writers who have influenced you. These are not necessarily your favorite writers or those you most admire, but writers who have influenced you. Then you tag 25 people." I will tag the first 25 volunteers.

I'm not sure what sort of influence was originally intended by this meme, but since I don't self-identify as a writer I will have to construe the influence more broadly. I also find that many on my list, while certainly influential, aren't primarily admired for the beauty of their prose. I was going to do a list in no particular order, but I find that my list does have an order after all. It is in chronological order, starting with those writers that influenced me first. Here goes:

  1. Dr. Seuss
  2. P. D. Eastman
  3. E. B. White
  4. Roald Dahl
  5. Maurice Sendak
  6. E. E. 'Doc' Smith
  7. Isaac Asimov
  8. Ray Bradbury
  9. J. R. R. Tolkien
  10. Lewis Carroll
  11. Ursula K. LeGuin
  12. Joseph Heller
  13. Friedrich Nietzsche
  14. Ludwig Wiggenstein
  15. Martin Heidegger
  16. Jacques Derrida
  17. Karl Marx
  18. Sigmund Freud
  19. Herbert Marcuse
  20. bell hooks
  21. Judith Butler
  22. Luce Irigaray
  23. Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
  24. Trinh T. Minh-ha
  25. Slavoj Zizek


  1. Trinh T. Minh-ha rocks my world.

  2. Excellent choice, Seuss. Although I'm more of a Lewis Carroll guy myself. But no bible!?? Where were you raised agin? The holy ghost is right up there at 2 or 3 for me. Alas.

  3. Nope, no bible. Even though I was raised in Texas, I escaped the more severe forms of bible thumping due some local church politics that soured my parents on regular church attendance years before I was old enough to do that particular reading.