Twenty-five writers meme

From Geoffrey Philp:

The deal is to name 25 writers who have influenced you, and then tag 25 people.

Hear ye the gospel according to Fragano: “Influence” does not mean the same thing as “enjoy a lot.”

(Just to note — this has been cross-posted with Blogworld so I can cross both my writing networks)

As with everyone else, before, in no particular order:

  1. T. S. Eliot – for blowing my mind
  2. Kamau Brathwaite – for blowing my mind again
  3. Ngugi wa Thing’o – for inspiring me to write plays
  4. Chinua Achebe – for Things Fall Apart and A Man of the People
  5. Toni Morrison – for just being
  6. William Shakespeare (no, for real) – what I said about Morrison
  7. W. B. Yeats – for channelling ghosts and writing great verse
  8. C. S. Lewis – for Narnia and concision
  9. Bronislaw Malinowski – for participant observation, the Trobriand ethnographies, and theory I can believe in
  10. Claude Levi-Strauss – for Tristes Tropiques
  11. Victor Turner – for the ritual process, for liminality
  12. Edmund Leach – for the structural circles of language
  13. Marcel Mauss – for the gift
  14. Maurice Bloch – for ritual violence 
  15. Marion Bethel – for singlemindedness
  16. Winston Saunders – for Horse
  17. Lanford Wilson – for The Rimers of Eldritch
  18. Obediah Michael Smith – for his epiphanies
  19. Earl Lovelace – for the Dragon
  20. Ian Gregory Strachan – for Just Doing It
  21. James Baldwin – for language and the courage to leave
  22. George Lamming – for blowing my mind
  23. August Wilson – for all of them. All of them.
  24. June Jordan – for teaching me essays could be interesting
  25. Virginia Woolf – for influencing my style even though I hate to read hers

My 25 tag-ees:

… I can so count.

25 is a long, long list.

Add yourself if you want to. Comments are open, wide wide open.

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