Van Newell
Van Newell asked Ben Marcus:

Years after originally reading Waiting for Godot, I realized the influence that the Laurel and Hardy films had on Beckett. What are the unexpected influences on your writing that your readers may not expect? For what's it worth, I might guess the original Tron film. Thanks!

Ben Marcus Good question. Influences are always so hard to determine. I tend to know who I'd like to be *more* influenced by: writers like Jane Bowles, Borges, Kafka, Ishiguro, Helen DeWitt. Filmmakers like Guy Maddin. Musicians like Nicolas Jaar or Valentin Stip. But I don't really know how to make this influence stick. There are too many unknown forces acting on us. And I've never seen Tron, but I would like an illuminated suit. I think that would be a nice thing to wear when I drop my son off at kindergarten.

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