15 (okay 20) authors who have marked me…

Someone challenged me to write the first 15 authors who have influenced my thinking. This was hard to do. I could probably list about 100, but these are the ones that feel fresh and foundational at the same time in my mind right now. I cheated and listed 20 – but this list feels pretty good to me.

  • Mark Helprin
  • Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  • Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Charles Dickens
  • Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Alexander McCall-Smith
  • Neal Stephenson
  • James Joyce
  • Albert Camus
  • Michel de Montaigne
  • Jacques Ellul
  • Marshall McLuhan
  • Plato
  • Aristotle
  • Jean Vanier
  • Erich Vogelin
  • Beatrix Potter
  • Frank Herbert
  • Edward Bernays
  • Margaret Atwood

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  1. That’s a quite excellent list, and perhaps the best part is, as you say, they’re “fresh and foundation at the same time in [your] mind.” I can only keep one or two in mind at a given time myself.

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