I'm reading Dickens for the first time. A Christmas Carol. Appropriate, I thought, given the approaching holiday and all the twinkling lights in my home. Have you ever read Dickens? I am amazed. This book was written in 1843 and yet the language STILL influences writers today, whether they know it or not, or whether they want to admit it or not. I was apprehensive to read it given its age (I have a fear of too many Ye Olde Shoppes). But CD nailed it, didn't he? I hope he was well loved in the literary world back then and not post mortem like Van Gogh. I can't help but dream of the quality sitcoms he would've created if he had lived today.
Just kidding. I had a professor in college who thought Sting was the second coming of William Shakespeare. (Ask me how many metaphors are in the song King of Pain.) But this Dickens fella, wow. Why didn't anybody tell me? Jerks.