OK, I am cheating again a bit because there were too many "C" last names to choose from, and I HAVE to work this storyteller into my list. It is a nice follow up from K, because this guy also isn't a novelist (well, not exclusively). So lets welcome the first song-writer to our list, because L is for...
Don't think you know Leonard Cohen's music. Well, you probably do, as his music has been covered by more than 1,000 artists, including Justin TImberlake, Jennifer Warnes, and Joan Baez. His is one of the most profound and prolific writers of our time.
But don't take my word for it, read and love this passage from Suzanne, my favorite Leonard Cohen song:
"Now Suzanne takes your hand
And she leads you to the river
She is wearing rags and feathers from salvation army counters
And the sun pours down like honey
on our lady of the harbor
As she shows you wear to look among the garbage and the flowers
There are heroes in the seaweed
They are children in the morning
They are leaning out for love
And they will lean that way forever
While Suzanne holds the mirror."
I love Cohen, like I love Dali, for making a dream coherent through words or paint. Its astounding.
And for those of you who don't think you know Cohen, see Watchmen? Know that scene with Malin Atkinson and Ioan Gruffud with the song "Hallelujah" playing in the background? Yup. Cohen.
Any Cohen lovers? Or any other songwriters that count as storytellers?