Good Influence

Earlier a Tweet flashed by my rheumy eyes announcing a top five list of female authors. Although the impetus of this list was the influence of past authors on the writing of the poster, I grabbed a pad (real paper) and scribbled out a list of ten female authors I found especially influencing, even though I don’t write much myself.

Here is my list :

  1. Kathy Acker
  2. Elizabeth Bowen
  3. Angela Carter
  4. Rikki Ducornet
  5. Marguerite Duras
  6. Clarice Lispector
  7. Iris Murdoch
  8. Ann Quin
  9. Edith Wharton
  10. Virginia Woolf

I also considered writers such as Marguerite Yourcenar, Simone de Bouvoir, and Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette but I skipped over several female poets assuming poetry was not the subject of the original Tweet. Note that the original Twitter list included Ann Rice so I will refrain from repeating it on this weblog.

Which female authors would you add to your personal list?

Is Twitter the Death of Reading?

images.jpgJanuary was pretty much out of control so I should probably be thankful that I got to read a few books (some of them actually good) and at least try to keep the ACOR website up to date and maintain some semblance of a reading record in a constantly aborting database. Add to that the iPhone battery going south and I spent little time in my favorite coffee haunts reading and sipping Goat Bombs.

One thing that has taken up far to much of my time is Twitter. I still refuse to use most of the social platforms on the internet but for some reason I started getting my up-to-date news, or at least relevant gossip, from Twitter. But I am rapidly reaching the understanding that although Twitter may have some value, it will never compensate for the inordinate amount of time following tweets consume on any given day, newsworthy or not.

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