An Hour’s Worth of Influences

I spent one hour writing out writers, artists, musicians, filmmakers, cartoonists, and comedians (no actors/actresses) that I consider to be in any way personally important, enviable, and/or influential.

 

They are, in no order except that in which they came to mind:

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Harmony Korine

Brian Evenson

Stanley Kubrick

Gus Van Sant

Bret Easton Ellis

Johnny Ryan

Daniel Clowes

Charles Burns

Alfred Hitchcock

Greg Dulli

John Darnielle

Craig Finn

Akira Kurosawa

Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Gaspar Noé

Kobo Abe

Yukio Mishima

Haruki Murakami

Yoko Ogawa

M. John Harrison

China Miéville

James Joyce

Michel Houellebecq

Beck

St. Vincent

Neutral Milk Hotel

Sparklehorse

M. Ward

Bonnie “Prince” Billy

Iron & Wine

Pavement

Pinback

Judd Apatow

Marc Maron

The National

The Arcade Fire

Roberto Bolaño

Wild Beasts

Bon Iver

Joy Division

Harold Pinter

Samuel Beckett

Matt Bell

Nick Antosca

Jack Ketchum

Stephen King

David O’Reilly

Todd Grimson

Thomas Ligotti

Matthew Stokoe

Blake Butler

Walker Percy

William Faulkner

William Gay

Ben Marcus

David Lynch

David Cronenberg

Kevin Barry

Sun Kil Moon

Don DeLillo

Jeff Jackson

Simon Pummell

Koji Yamamura

Ruth Lingford

Takashi Miike

Chanwook Park

Bong Joon-Ho

Cormac McCarthy

Martin Scorcese

Dennis Cooper

J.M. Ledgard

W.G. Sebald

Kleist

Kafka

Thomas Mann

Thomas Bernhard

Bruno Schulz

Witold Gombrowicz

Nerval

Dostoevsky

I.B. Singer

Jonathan Franzen

Jonathan Lethem

Wilco

Radiohead

Tarantino

Doug Stanhope

Anthony Jeselnik

TV on the Radio

Prince

John Fahey

David Grossman

Frightened Rabbit

Elliott Smith

Lorrie Moore

Ben Katchor

Patrick White

Russell Banks

Simon Pegg

Edgar Wright

Josh Homme

Jason Isbell

Patterson Hood

James Agee

Saul Bellow

Philip Roth

Buñuel

Bergman

Fellini

Guillermo del Toro

Büchner

My Morning Jacket

Justin Townes Earle

Steve Earle

Townes Van Zandt

Stephen Wright (both)

Bill Hicks

David Foster Wallace

Robert Anton Wilson

Thomas Pynchon

Donald Barthelme

Novalis

Adalbert Stifter

Michael Haneke

Peter Handke

J.M. Coetzee

William Kentridge

Igor Kovalyov

John Hawkes

J.G. Ballard

John Carpenter

Wes Craven

Greil Marcus

Roman Polanski

Roger Ebert

Virginia Woolf

Nic Pizzolatto

Jim Thompson

Frank Darabont

Jonathan Demme

Wim Wenders

Rainer Wernes Fassbender

Werner Herzog

Shohei Imamura

Michael Gira

Daniel Johnston

John Fogerty

Bruce Springsteen

Mitch Hedberg

Sergio Leone

Donald Ray Pollock

Jeff Jackson

Daniel Woodrell

David Peace

James Ellroy

Raymond Chandler

Kanye West

Nas

MF Doom

Madlib

The Verve Pipe

Counting Crows

Günter Grass

Woody Allen

Jim Jarmusch

David Milch

Vince Gilligan

Joe Hill

Brad Listi

Sam Lipsyte

Augie March

John Cheever

Richard Yates

Donna Tartt

William Gibson

James M. Cain

Yuri Norstein

Victor Pelevin

Chuck Palahniuk

Tarkovsky

Christopher Guest

Jack White

Mike Judge

Don Hertzfeldt

Rod Serling

John Frankenheimer

Douglas Sirk

Todd Haynes

Todd Solondz

Bob Dylan

Nick Drake

Kurt Cobain

Edward Albee

Sam Shepard

Andrew Jarecki

Alice in Chains

Talk Talk

Victor Erice

Pedro Almodovar

Terry Gilliam

Coen Brothers

Wes Anderson

Noah Baumbach

Tobe Hooper

Denis Villeneuve

Lars von Trier

Thomas Vinterberg

Pär Lagerkvist

Rupert Thomson

David Bowie

Jesse Ball

Ridley Scott

Philip K. Dick

Steve Erickson

Jodorowsky

Tommy Wiseau

John Crowley

Dylan Thomas

W.B. Yeats

Frederick Seidel

William S. Burroughs

Leonard Cohen

Paul Simon

Dante

Meister Eckhart

Italo Calvino

Umberto Eco

C.G. Jung

Sigmund Freud

Heidegger

Simon Schama

Lou Reed

Flannery O’Connor

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Herman Melville

Mark Twain

Mel Brooks

J.M.G. LeClezio

Robertson Davies

Bela Tarr

Sartre

William James

Jeunet & Caro

Danny Boyle

George Saunders

Chris Marker

Francis Bacon

Lucien Freud

Bosch

Cranach

Goya

Jake & Dinos Chapman

Larry Clark

Terry Allen

Kurt Vonnegut

David Byrne

Sjón

Edgar Allan Poe

Kelly Link

Karthryn Bigelow

Luc Besson

Van Gogh

John Woo

Wong-kar Wai

Salman Rushdie

Borges

Alissa Nutting

Cesar Aira

Peter Greenaway

Harry Crews

John Fowles

Stravinsky

Bartok

Louis CK

Daniel Kehlmann

Robert Altman

Edvard Munch

Eadweard Muybridge

Rebecca Solnit

Shirley Jackson

Patricia Highsmith

William Styron

Peter Straub

Steven Spielberg

Alexander Payne

Per Peterson

Lawrence Durrell

David Mitchell (both)

Wachowski’s

My Brightest Diamond

Gogol Bordello

Brian de Palma

Roy Orbison

Gary Lutz

Tom McCarthy

Tim Burton

Sam Pink

Knut Hamsun

Theodor Storm

Oscar Wilde

Kevin Smith

Joseph Roth

Tony Earley

Jeff Beck

Jeff Buckley

Michel de Certeau

Rene Girard

Nathaniel West

Jakob Böhme

Titus Andronicus

David Shields

Derek Raymond

Adam Elliott

Atsushi Wada

Will Sheff

Aimee Mann

Tim Heidecker / Eric Warheim

Bob Odenkirk

Will Self

Mario Vargas Llosa

Chris Ware

Anselm Kiefer

Joseph Beuys

Billy Wilder

Michael Cisco

Roy Harper

Bob Mould

Ryu Murakami

Quay Brothers

Fritz Lang

Jan Swankmajer

John Jeremiah Sullivan

Frank Bill

Tao Lin

Checkhov

Leos Carax

Ti West

Brian Jacques

Mervyn Peake

Hunter S. Thompson

Lester Bangs

Van Morrison

Paul Verhoeven

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