The Write Way: Faves

This sweet 'stache is all mine.

Today’s blog is an easy one.  Or maybe I’m taking the easy way out with this quick blog.

Either way…I want to know…who is your favorite author – (not your favorite BOOK, that’s a question for another day) and why?

 Maybe they rock a ‘stache like no other and that just makes you like them a little bit more. Maybe they transport you to other worlds that are safer (or more dangerous) than your own. Maybe you relate to them in some odd way; or you hate relating to them but still you read on.

 Or maybe – my favorite – they write something that’s just so goddamn good you feel sick. You wish you had written it. That you had the balls to write it and the skill and the quick wit. It’s an honor to read their words.  Sure millions of other people read the book that’s in your local Barnes & Noble (or better yet, your indie bookstore) but what you take away from their words is your own.

 My current faves are:

 Today: Stephen King.

Why: He puts you into some crazy, delirious world and you – the reader – don’t even blink. You accept what he writes with no questions asked. He cuts out adverbs and gets to the point. His descriptions rock the house and they know when to quit.

 Back then: William Faulkner

Why: Steam-of-consciousness narration that makes you actually have to follow along and read the damn books. I’m not an expert on the times surrounding his writings, but Faulkner’s experimentation with his writings/diction/themes make for one good read.

 And as Julius Caesar may or may not have famously said: “Et tu, Brute?”

 Your turn!

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    August 4, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    My favorite author is the late John Updike. Still missing him.

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    August 5, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    Not a big fan of Faulkner. I read the Reivers once for class. The dialect was incoherent and there was an underlying theme of sexual deviancy. I think Faulkner must have been a sexual deviant, because when I looked for topics to write on, that was one that came up on my research. It wasn’t an approved paper topic for high school English though, imagine that.

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