I'm at the beginning of something that is, at least for the time being, heavily influenced by the following:
Underwater Moonlight, The Soft Boys
The Siege of Krishnapur, J.G. Farrell
Titus Groan, Mervyn Peake
"25 O'Clock" and "What In the World?", The Dukes of Stratosphear
"Fearless", Pink Floyd
Théoden's court in The Two Towers, at least the vague memory I have of it.
"Sweet Talk", The New Pornographers
Blake Butler: "I think there’s a big question in writing where people think it should take you a really long time, and it should be this labor of love and take you five years to write. Well, how many books took a week to write? Sure there can be flaws in that book, but I also think capturing a certain time in your mind, and getting it out in a certain period has as much value as laboring over it, as long as it’s worthwhile in the end to the reader or as an object."