References in stories

Besides the many, many, many, many many many many many many well-known artists and historical figures mentioned by name across my oeuvre, and those who I have silently (and with as much subtlety as possible, for I fear to display any rudeness to any creative spirit) indicated with the tip of my chin (by the by, I still haven’t quite finished taking flack for listing as the Pillars of Wisdom, the North South East and West, the Matthew Mark Luke and John of my heart (my own Four Sick Men), merely (!) Kafka, Kierkegard, Van Gogh and S——) there are in addition several absolutely wonderful works and workers and symbols and ideas and movements of lesser renown in 2011. For those too caught up in my (as I’ve been told) flowing fluent dialogue and descriptive scenery to remember to bring a pencil and notebook along for the ride, I thought that the Internet age seemed perfect to quench Joe Blow’s yearning for a complete list, typed and hyper-linked, of just a few adornments headed toward posterity blazed with flaming genius into the side of my sleek polished pearly black prose. Ha!

Now, covering some of my best-loved tales, a list (in no particular order), which I shall entitle The Obscure References (or References the Obscure? Ha! Oh, God, somebody stop me!)

S——: An Introduction:

Franny & Zooey
Raise High the Roofbeam, Carpenters
To be clear, this list is not concerned with Wikipedia pages about Jesus Christ, Gautama Buddha, William Shakespeare, Leo Tolstoy, Chekhov, Flaubert, Dostoevsky, Rilke, Shelley, Browning, Keats, Wordsworth, Marcus Aurelius, Epictetus, Twain, Sherwood Anderson, Thoreau, Hans Christian Andersen, Somerset Maugham and other names already familiar to the Western mind. While the listed reference may be child’s play to a properly educated reader, we have especially selected names we find needs must be elucidated for the readers of today. What really would seem absolutely useless to me would be to create a list like this about Hapworth.

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