"You are, in fact, a mashup of what you choose to let into your life. You are the sum of your influences." -Austin Kleon, Steal Like an Artist
I am a list keeper. Not the "to-do" type, but the "I need to remember this!" type.
All my journals from the last 10 years, have four columns of lists. "Books," "Movies" (which include shows on DVD), "Loves," and "Art." These lists are not exactly perfect because sometimes I love an artist who wrote a great book. What list do they go in? Here is an attempt to share my biggest influences.
Some favorites from the past years as listed in my journals...
Perks of Being a Wallflower
Game of Thrones
Orange is the New Black
The Big C
Simon Schama's The Power of Art
What We Do in the Shadows
Friday Night Lights
Inside Llewyn Davis
What Are You Looking At?- Will Gompertz
Cutting For Stone- Abraham Verghese
Are You My Mother-
The Paying Guests- Sarah Waters
A Sense of an Ending-
Steal Like an Artist- Austin Kleon
Being Mortal- Atul Gwande
Wild- Sheryl Strayed
Pithy, Seedy, Pulpy, Juicy-
The Tiger's Wife- Téa Obreht
She's Not There- Jennifer Finney Boylan
Let The Great World Spin- Colum McCann
M Train-Patti Smith
Underground Railroad- Colson Whitehead
Edmund de Waal
The Clark Museum
John Singer Sargent
Alt-J "An Awesome Wave"
First Aid Kit "The Lion's Roar"
Mumford and Sons "Babel"
The Head and the Heart (self-titled)
The Lumineers (self-titled)
Of Monsters and Men "My Head is an Animal"
Kishi Bashi 151A
NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts
Tall Tall Trees LIVE
The Lone Bellow
Beck Morning Phase
The Wood Brothers The Muse
Trampled By Turtles Wild Animals
Rubblebucket Survival Sounds
The Punch Brothers The Phosphorescent Blues