1. Donald Barthelme
    Some of the stories are not really for human consumption but skip around and you'll find a bunch that change the shape of your brain forever
  2. Charles Willeford
    Specifically the Cockfighter
  3. Graham Greene
    He's in the canon, sure, but have you read Our Man in Havana? It came out in 1958 and accomplishes what the Coen Bros have been reaching for their entire career.
  4. Joan Didion
    When I first read her she did nothing for me but I checked out Slouching Towards Bethlehem last month realized that 90% of the people on the internet today are trying to be her but never will because she was actually a thoughtful person