Authors: Borges, Buber, Becket, Bellow, Whitman, Twain, William Carlos Williams, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Ginsberg, Dickinson, David McCullough, Philip Roth, Hunter Thompson, Charles Shulz, Bill Watterson, and so many more.
Movies: Everything from Almodovar to Ishtar.
Seeing the many sides of an issue
A sense of purpose in my work
A good crossword puzzle