I'm currently rereading J.D. Salinger's book of short stories Nine Stories. If you haven't read it, it's a terrific read, and I highly suggest going to your local library and checking out a copy.
Salinger has greatly inspired me. I absolutely love his writing. More specifically, I like the way he can make a sentence very long and crammed with information, but, still make it easily readable.
Here are some examples from a story entitled Uncle Wiggly in Connecticut:
"She explained to Mary Jane, who had come out to the driveway to meet her, that everything had been perfect that she remembered the way exactly, until she turned off the Merrick Parkway. Eloise said, "Merritt Parkway, baby," and reminded Mary Jane that she had found the house twice before, but ary Jane just wailed something ambiguous, something about her box of Kleenex, and rushed back to her convertable."
Just so you know, that's only two sentences!
I totatally want to write like that. Salinger's a huge inspiration to me.
Here's some Salinger links:
http://www.freeweb.hu/tchl/salinger/ (Uncollected writing)
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