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View Poll Results: Which Writer would you rather be?
E. B. White 3 15.79%
Stephen King 11 57.89%
David Foster Wallace 5 26.32%
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Old 07-09-2011, 01:24 PM   #1
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Which Writer would you rather be?

E.B. White

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Old 07-09-2011, 04:32 PM   #2
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Why would you want to be someone else?
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E. B. White far and away. However, I wouldn't mind having King's money. I certainly wouldn't want Wallace's death!

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Old 07-09-2011, 11:08 PM   #4
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I would love to get into the mind of Stephen King, although I also very much enjoy being myself.
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Old 07-10-2011, 12:21 AM   #5
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Old 07-10-2011, 09:42 PM   #6
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E. B. White far and away. However, I wouldn't mind having King's money. I certainly wouldn't want Wallace's death!
Thanks. Thats pretty much my reasons for grouping these three together. I think I'd agree with your choice.
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Old 07-10-2011, 09:51 PM   #7
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E.B. White

Stephen King

David Foster Wallace
Being any of those writers would involve giving up body parts that bring me a great deal of joy. Also, two of them are dead, which would be another good reason to not be them.

I think I'd prefer my writing style to be closer to King's than White's (but I enjoy White's tropes & topics more); I've never read anything by Wallace so can't say what I'd think of his work.
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Old 07-10-2011, 09:55 PM   #8
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Being any of those writers would involve giving up body parts that bring me a great deal of joy. Also, two of them are dead, which would be another good reason to not be them.
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I've been reading Stephen King since I was a wee lad, and his books have certainly influenced my own writing style to a degree. I wouldn't necessarily want to BE him (the man has his own personal demons), but I'd be quite happy if my readers made favorable comparisons to his work.
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Old 07-11-2011, 02:21 AM   #10
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We need a "none of the above" option.
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Old 07-11-2011, 03:27 AM   #11
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We need a "none of the above" option.
Agreed...
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Old 07-11-2011, 04:20 AM   #12
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Being any of those writers would involve giving up body parts that bring me a great deal of joy. Also, two of them are dead, which would be another good reason to not be them.

I think I'd prefer my writing style to be closer to King's than White's (but I enjoy White's tropes & topics more); I've never read anything by Wallace so can't say what I'd think of his work.
It's been a long, long time since I read the only E.B. White I've read (Charlotte's Web)...can't remember much, but certainly I remember enjoyment. Stephen King I've read a fair bit of...he spins a good yarn, and I very much admire good storytelling.

But I picked David Foster Wallace. If I could write like any of them, be any of them, I wish it'd be him, with his genius.

I'm not sure you'd like David Foster Wallace, Elfwreck. Intellectually, I would guess you would, but subjectively it's way too hard to say. If you want to give him a go though, I recommend Brief Interviews With Hideous Men. Being all shorts, you could quickly give up if it didn't suit, without that compulsion to finish the whole book (which is me projecting, because that's my compulsion. ). I very much liked this book, and I've Infinite Jest on my TBR.

Cheers,
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Old 07-11-2011, 05:30 AM   #13
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Old 07-11-2011, 05:49 AM   #14
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Conor McCarthy or James Lee Burke, actually scrub Conor, I'd love the genius, but not the rest.....

No, definitely JLB.
A great writer who has always lifted his genre out of the normal.

And I'd get the money - although not as much as GeoffC !
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King. No doubt. Been along for the ride with him for 33 years.
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