501Oh god, this is like eating candy corn: irresistible, if without any lasting nourishment.  501 Great Writers, from your stratospheric (cover boy Beckett, Rimbaud, Dickinson, Dostoevsky) to your contemporary (Sarah Kane, Stephen King, David Mamet) to the entries that will make your eyes roll in outrage (insert your own examples here).  Or better yet, dig the pictures, take notes if necessary, and go off and make your own list. We all have one anyway, don’t we?