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March 19th, 2005

And now for something completely different.... @ 04:11 pm

I'm currently feelin: blank blank
I'm currently hearin: Howie Day-Ghost

Does anyone know what writers and artists U2 likes or are influenced by. I am bored and looking to read some poetry or admire some art. Can anyone help?
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Date:March 19th, 2005 09:55 pm (UTC)
Bono has often referred to the likes of Charles Bukowski, William Gibson, and C.S. Lewis, for The Screwtape Letters in particular. Salman Rushdie is probably in there too.

I don't think it would be a great leap to suggest Yeats and Joyce as possible influences.
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Date:March 19th, 2005 11:38 pm (UTC)
David Wojnarowicz - died of AIDS in...1992, I think. He was an artist, and also, his journals were published, or some of them, anyway. One of the "One" videos - the buffalo one - was inspired by David Wojnarowicz, and there's a quote of his in the end of it: "Smell the flowers while you can."

Also: Oscar Wilde. Listen to "Salome" and "The Ocean"; Salome inspired the former, and Picture of Dorian Grey inspired the latter, I believe.

Chapter 7 of William Golding's Lord of the Flies is named "Shadows and Tall Trees."
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Date:March 20th, 2005 12:47 am (UTC)
Thanks so much to everyone who replied.
Also this "One" Video you are refering to you wouldn't happene to be able to send it to me would you? I have never seen it
Date:March 20th, 2005 04:12 am (UTC)
No, Yeats is not a big leap. He actually quotes Yeats in "Acrobat" and "Mofo". And I think he was a fan of Czeslaw Milosz too, who is definitely worth the read!
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Date:March 20th, 2005 01:29 pm (UTC)
you know, I own 3 books by Salman Rushdie, including "The Ground Beneath Her Feet" and I have yet to finish one (although I am relatively near the end of GBHF). I am just not that smart cos it takes me forever to get through it! lol...I had the privilege of meeting Mr. Rushdie last year and heard him speak about literature, censorship, his fatwa, and a slew of other things (including his appearance in "Bridget Jones's Diary lol) and he is a truly fascinating man, but his writing is WAY above my head.
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Date:March 20th, 2005 01:46 pm (UTC)
I adore TGBHF, but it took me a while to get used to his writing style... those paragraph-long sentences are really hard to follow at first!!

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