Under My Influences

A while back my friend Steve and I got to talking about what influenced us. On a whim, I started to write down everything I could think of that I know had an impact of some kind. Here's what I ended up with.

Note that these are not all favorite works, although there is a lot of overlap between those and this list. These are works that I admit to being influenced or impacted by, whether for good or bad. Some of them I've talked about before in detail on this blog, but here I'm just running them down as a raw list.

Note also that these are not in any particular order. Read for flavor.

All of them should be relatively easy to find.

I'll probably keep this as a canonical copy of the list and revise it from time to time.


  • How Children Fail, John Holt
  • Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid, Douglas Hofstader
  • Hardcore Zen, Brad Warner
  • Dropping Ashes On The Buddha: The Teaching Of Zen Master Seung Sahn, Stephen Mitchell
  • The Zen Teaching Of Huang Po, John Blofeld
  • Hatchet Jobs, Dale Peck
  • This Book Needs No Title, Raymond Smullyan
  • The Open Society And Its Enemies, Sir Karl Popper
  • A Guide To Electronic Music, Paul Griffiths
  • Why Johnny Still Can't Read, Rudolf Flesch
  • Behind The Glass, Howard Massey
  • Silence, John Cage
  • Man Against Myth, Barrows Dunham
  • A Series Of Shock Slogans And Mindless Token Tantrums, Crass
  • Psychotic Reactions And Carburetor Dung, Lester Bangs
  • The Second Sex, Simone de Beauvoir (I read the original translation, not the more recent and complete one; need to get around to fixing that)
  • The Gulag Archipelago, Solzhenitsyn
  • An Introduction To Poetry, 2nd ed., Louis Simpson
  • Our Band Could Be Your Life, Michael Azerrad
  • The Night Is Large / Fads & Fallacies: In The Name Of Science, Martin Gardner
  • Flim-Flam!, James Randi
  • Cybernetics, Art, And Ideas, Jasia Reichardt
  • Cult Movies I/II/III, Danny Peary
  • The Movie Ratings Game, Stephen Farber
  • Complete Poems, ee cummings
  • Necronomicon I/II, H.R. Giger
  • Naga, Hajime Sorayama
  • The New Rolling Stone Record Guide


  • The Star Diaries, Stanisław Lem (also Solaris, but this came first)
  • Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?, Philip K. Dick (many of his other books, too, but this came firstest with the mostest)
  • No Longer Human, Osamu Dazai
  • Kokoro, Sōseki Natsume
  • The Accidental Tourist, Anne Tyler
  • Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf
  • Notes From Underground, Dostoevsky
  • The Count Of Monte Cristo, Dumas
  • We, Evgeny Zamyatin
  • Last Exit To Brooklyn / Requiem For A Dream / The Room, Hubert Selby, Jr. (also the film versions of the first two)
  • Tun-Huang, Yasushi Inoue
  • Dom Casmurro, Machado de Assis
  • Imaginative Qualities Of Actual Things, Gilbert Sorrentino
  • Naked Lunch, William S. Burroughs
  • Johnny Got His Gun, Dalton Trumbo
  • Hunger, Knut Hamsun
  • Dune, Frank Herbert
  • The Deathworld Trilogy and One Step From Earth, Harry Harrison
  • The Stars My Destination / The Demolished Man, Alfred Bester
  • Alan Mendelson, The Boy From Mars, Daniel M. Pinkwater
  • God's Bits Of Wood, Sembene Ousmane
  • Journey To The End Of The Night, Louis-Ferdinand Céline
  • Dhalgren, Samuel R. Delaney
  • The Girl On The Train And Other Stories, Crad Kilodney
  • The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Catcher In The Rye, J.D. Salinger
  • The Omega Point Trilogy, George Zebrowski
  • Good Morning, Midnight, Jean Rhys
  • Steppenwolf, Hermann Hesse
  • The Shockwave Rider / Stand On Zanzibar, John Brunner
  • Mrs. Frisby And The Rats of NIMH, Robert C. O'Brien
  • The Fuzzy saga, H. Beam Piper
  • The Illuminatus! Trilogy, Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson
  • Beanworld, Larry Marder


  • Kind Of Blue, Miles Davis
  • Music For Films, Brian Eno
  • The CD Of JB, James Brown
  • The North Star Grass Man And The Ravens, Sandy Denny
  • Last Rights, Skinny Puppy
  • Mekanik Destruktiw Kohmmandoh, Magma
  • Floodland, The Sisters Of Mercy
  • Switched-On Bach, Wendy Carlos
  • Invisible Connections, Vangelis (I was going to list the Blade Runner soundtrack, but the only proper versions seem to be bootlegs, sigh)
  • Traffic (original motion picture soundtrack), Cliff Martinez
  • The Wall, Pink Floyd
  • Millennium, Killing Joke
  • The Feeding Of The 5000, Crass
  • Mantra and Kontakte, Karlheinz Stockhausen
  • Pure, Godflesh
  • Amlux, Merzbow
  • Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex OST, Yoko Kanno
  • The Sylvie & Babs Hi-Fi Companion / Homotopy To Marie, Nurse With Wound
  • Revenge / To Russell, My Brother, Whom I Slept With, Bill Cosby
  • Children Of God / Feel Good Now, Swans
  • 06:21:03:11 UP EVIL/ 05:22:09:12 OFF, Front 242
  • The Legend Of Blind Joe Death, John Fahey
  • Osorezan / Akira, Geinoh Yamashirogumi
  • PSF 15/16, Fushitsusha (Keiji Haino)
  • Spirit Of Eden, Talk Talk
  • So Far, Faust
  • Half Machine Lip Moves, Chrome
  • The Land Of Rape And Honey, Ministry
  • Tackhead Tape Time, Gary Clail's Tackhead Sound System


  • 2001: a space odyssey
  • Blade Runner / Blade Runner 2049
  • Oldboy
  • Ran
  • The Seven Samurai
  • Princess Mononoke
  • Casablanca
  • Paris, Texas
  • Mind Game
  • GoodFellas
  • Strange Days
  • Ikiru
  • Star Wars
  • SE7EN
  • Gojoe
  • Eraserhead
  • Sideways
  • A Woman Under The Influence
  • The Year Of Living Dangerously (also the novel, perhaps more so)
  • Violent Cop
  • Smithereens
  • Hard-Boiled
  • Space Travelers
  • Irreversible
  • I Stand Alone
  • Legend
  • El Topo
  • The Holy Mountain
  • Dune
  • Sorcerer
  • Scenes From A Marriage
  • Izo
  • Angst
  • Kwaidan
  • Bring Me The Head Of Alfredo Garcia
  • Runaway Train
  • Maborosi
  • Mishima
  • Koyaanisqatsi
  • Videodrome
  • Throw Away Your Books, Go Out Into The Streets
  • The Official Story
  • Streets Of Fire
  • Taxi Driver
  • Light Sleeper
  • Naked
  • Repo Man
  • To Live And Die In L.A.
  • Suspiria
  • Highlander
  • Tetsuo: The Iron Man
  • Tron
  • Brainstorm
  • Shutter Island


I watch relatively little TV compared to other things, but a few have stood out (I'm excluding most anime titles here; I could do a whole separate discussion of that):

  • The Prisoner
  • Star Trek
  • Max Headroom
  • Moonlighting
  • Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex
  • Millennium
  • Profit
  • Strange Luck
  • The first season of Andromeda (an influence, if only in the reactive sense, on Flight Of The Vajra)

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