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My Writers: John Darnielle

Usually the image that accompanies one of these posts represents my first exposure to the work of the writer in question. Given the chronology of releases from the band the Mountain Goats, it’s likely that I was introduced to the

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My Writers: Jon Krakauer

Into the Wild was published in 1996, the year I turned twenty-six. The doomed wanderer of the book, Christopher McCandless (also known as Alexander Supertramp), was twenty-four years old when he died alone in an abandoned bus on the Alaskan

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My Writers: Clive Barker

I don’t think I’ve ever been a reading who sticks firmly to one type of writing, but I did read a lot of horror fiction throughout high school. That’s partially explained by my commitment to Stephen King, who was (and

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My Writers: Doris Kearns Goodwin

Doris Kearns Goodwin tricked me into reading the work of a historian. I didn’t necessarily have anything against reading history, but there are so many books out there that I usually insisted on the need to concentrate on fiction. There’s

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My Writers: Douglas Adams

Throughout middle school, I swear I always had a copy of a Douglas Adams book with me. That’s almost certainly not true, since he was only two books into his five-volume trilogy launched in 1979 with The Hitchhiker’s Guide to

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My Writers: Sarah Vowell

“My ideal picture of citizenship will always be an argument, not a sing-along.” “Voice” is a word that’s used commonly to describe writers, at least good ones. It’s usually meant to describe something that’s found strictly on the page: point

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My Writers: William Shakespeare

I’m not so arrogant as to believe that I’ve got something profoundly novel to contribute to the vast ongoing discussion about the most important writer in the history of the English language. I can only do what the title of

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