So, I promised I would pull out all the literary and musical references in Cornel West's wonderful interview so that everyone could get their library in order... Here 'tis, in the order that he mentioned them, and a couple of Dr. West's notes on a few of them.
The interview, by the way, is well worth a second listen.
Franz Kafka ("You know, we're all vanishing organisms and disappearing creatures in space and time - that death sentence in space in time that Kafka talked about with such profundity.")
Stephen Sondheim ("...be it not just West Side Story, but Follies, Company, Sweeney Todd, Passion. You can go on and on.")
The Main Ingredient
Luther Vandross ("...that music helped me preserve my sanity, help me preserve whatever dignity I was able to preserve, helping to keep going.")
Daryl Hall ("my dear, dear brother's a blues man too..")
Prince ("Prince, of course — collaborating with the musical genius of our time in some ways with Prince himself — late, great Gerald Levert.")
Ludwig Van Beethoven ( a poet of tones, just like Coltrane's a poet of tempo.")
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Eudora Welty ("one of the grand American Jacobean writers.")