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The Favorite Authors of FindLaw Writers

FindLaw has an amazing collection of talented writers, each of whom found their love of writing nurtured by a favorite author or two. Or five. It's not shocking that FindLaw's writers are also voracious readers.

So who do they love to read? And which authors influenced FindLaw's current writing team? Let's take a look:

Blog Writers

Our Legal Blog Network covers everything from the legally strange to the nuts and bolts of legal practice. Senior Legal Professional Blog Writer Casey Sullivan served up a verirable syllabus of influences: "Virginia Woolf, Salman Rushdie, Herman Melville, Tony Kushner and William Wordsworth rank high. So do George Saunders, Edmund Spenser, Arandahti Roy, Karl Marx, Annie Proulx, Jean Genet, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Shakespeare, Milton ... [John Kennedy Toole] ... Edward Abbey, Katherine Dunn and Jesus Christ, author of the Bible."

Casey also relayed an interesting legal connection to one of the poems you probably had to read in high school:

"One of Coleridge's best poems is 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner' about a British ship that gets stranded at sea. A few generations later, the Queen's bench creates the perfect 1L murder case with R v. Dudley and Stephens. That case is about two stranded sailors who kill and eat a pretty young boy named Richard Parker. The case was decided by Lord John Coleridge, the real Coleridge's great-nephew."

He also pointed out that Richard Parker may serve as the inspiration for the name of Yann Martel's tiger in "Life of Pi."

And Contract Consumer Blog Writer Ephrat Livni is a big fan of Don DeLillo, "who packs a lot of punch, usually in very few words, although he does sometimes write long works. He is a very clean writer, deceptively simple in form, conceptually intellectually sophisticated."

Core Content Writers

Our core content writers are continually created and updating articles on every facet of the law for our Learn About the Law section. Contract Core Content Writer Jeremy Conrad was definitive in his take:

"Thomas Pynchon. I consider him to be the most important writer alive today and a distinctly American and postmodern voice. Gravity's Rainbow is a text as complicated as it is long (very) and although I have read the thing 3 times (yeah, that's a brag) I'm only just starting to understand the book. A much more accessible Pynchon text ... the one I would recommend for most people, is 'The Crying of Lot 49,' a short book whose core conceit, the existence of an underground postal system, gives a hint of the sort of madcap fantasy Pynchon indulges in his larger works."

Senior Writer for Core Content Steve Tanner is a big Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. fan, "not to mention his prolific alter ego, science fiction writer Kilgore Trout. Vonnegut's humor, warmth, and humanity always shine through even the darkest of subjects. 'Cat's Cradle,' the first of his I read, is funny as hell even though it deals with nothing less than the end of life on earth."

And fellow Core Content Senior Writer Gina Scialabba enjoys Cheryl Strayed, who wrote the book-turned-movie "Wild." "I actually had the opportunity to participate in a week-long writer's conference this last march with Cheryl in Maui on how to write a personal memoir." 

Editors

Finally, our illustrious Managing Editor (and former FindLaw blogger) Tanya Roth offered up a couple of her own favorites:

  • Robertson Davies: "A Canadian novelist and a true Renaissance Man. His novels are magical, witty, and full of tidbits on music, literature, painting, science, medicine and so much more."
  • Abraham Verghese: "A New York Times best-selling author who also happens to be a doc and a Prof of Medicine at Stanford. A hero, right in my own backyard. His novel "Cutting for Stone" is sad, funny, disturbing, charming - sometimes all at once."

As you can see, personal taste in writing can run the spectrum here at FindLaw, but no matter where our influences come from, it always leads us to produce the best legal content and analysis on the Internet.