"Inspiration Series: Authors. Michael Chabon, John Green, & Jonathan Safran Foer" F. Sainz 2013
I’ve been brain storming this series for a while, focusing on people that have shaped my life up to this point.
Michael Chabon’s The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay remains one of my favorite books from the early stages of my adult life. I have always been fascinated by the history surrounding comic books, specifically during the Golden age of comics, starting up in the late thirties and early forties. I appreciate so much the characters in this book, reacting to the emotional trials of their time period through their artwork. I have always hoped to be one of those people, creating hope through my work.
John Green is so much more than just an author. I have watched the Vlogbrothers videos from the start and read each of is books, and if there is anything that I take away from both, it’s how earnest he is. Others would allow fame and notoriety to go to their heads, but throughout the meteoric rise in popularity of his work, he has remained humble and has sought to better the world with his influence. Whether you love or hate his books or his videos, I can’t think of any reason to hate the heart behind all of it. Though I may not fit the key demographic of young adult fiction, I have yet to find a book that has touched my heart as much as The Fault in Our Stars.
Jonathan Safran Foer’s work seems to reach into me in a way that nothing else can. When I read both Everything Is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, I felt as if I was being spoken to by someone who had known me for years. There is a kinship with his characters that I can’t seem to put into words. I have always been a very nostalgic person, trying to measure myself by the past and honor every memory that I have. I have such trouble expressing those emotions, but reading Foer’s books is kin to days of introspection.
To these three men, Thank you.