Recently I asked Selvin about what he was reading. His reply:
I read tons of murder mysteries -- always have -- and it is said that the terse, harsh style of the genre sometimes influences my writing. I have re-discovered Donald Westlake, whose light touch belies the intensely plotted stories.Visit Joel Selvin's website.
I am also quite taken these days with Don Winslow, who is one of the bravest makers of sentences I have run across in a long time.
As for music writers, I admire many, chief among them Nick Tosches, Peter Guralnick, Geoffrey O'Brien and David Ritz. I also find a lot of good writing in daily newspaper sports sections, although I hardly qualify as a sports fan.