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What books have you read that really changed the way you write? I don’t mean necessarily non-fiction or ‘how to’ books—but writing that influenced your writing or prose that inspired you.

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A Swim In A Pond In The Rain

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Feels like taking a writing class that I would never be able to get in, in the best way.

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Vonnegut

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Breakfast of Champions and Player Piano too.

On earth we’re briefly gorgeous.

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A24 is adapting it for a film.

Ann Lamont’s Bird by Bird

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Never a book but a quote or bit of advice here and there. Best: Hemingway, Write drunk, edit sober. Meaning is bigger than booze of course… just put it all down on paper fearlessly. Cut the weak shiz out afterwards. Just start.

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Thesaurus.

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Second Vonnegut. John Schwartzwelder. William Styron. Hemmingway.

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I quickly read Schwarzenegger and was: ok tell me more

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Dreyer’s English is the most informative and fun book about words I’ve ever read.

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Diary of an Oxygen Thief

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Poetry. Sharon Olds, Yehuda Amichai, W.H. Auden, Wallace Stevens, Sylvia Plath, Naomi Shihab Nye are some of my favorites. This is likely a controversial opinion in the academic world, but skip the long poems and read the very short ones. That’s where the craft is - at least the craft we need for this job.

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On The Road.

I’ve always liked books from Michael Lewis (The Blind Side, The Big Short). I feel that his writing style and storytelling complement each other well and wouldn’t be surprised if I’ve subconsciously picked up a few good writing practices from him.

Reading Esquire magazine back in the day really helped my cadence

Joseph Heller’s Catch 22 is outstanding. Especially for dialogue. Nicola Barker’s Darkmans, for ingenuity.

If you ARE interested in a how to book, recommend Hey Whipple Squeeze This

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