None of the preceding labels fit. Although Zevon idealizes and admires F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ross Macdonald, he makes no attempt to duplicate their literary style in his songwriting. However, their influence can be seen in Zevon's philosophical slant and his trenchant approach to emotions.
"In my opinion, MacDonald is possibly the best novelist alive today. I love the sense of balance he brings to his genre, and the way he transcends the limitations of detective fiction to keep the novelistic tradition alive.
"I've long been misrepresented as a spokesman of Los Angeles, a city that really has very little to do with my life, but the setting is much less important than the message. It's no secret that I have a great fondness for 'The Fitz' and I feel that MacDonald captures the same kind of feelings in his work through his incredible ability to understand human situations, human tragedies, and the pathos of simple daily life with a scope that is larger than we normally recognize-the terror and the glory inherent in being alive. He writes with a great intensity and a lyrical prowess that I would never pretend to have. Therefore, I relate to him in terms of intention.
"The last thing I want to be is a Greek Chorus, because I dislike being a non-participant in anything I write. Since I don't like to be portrayed as a voyeur, that whole concept seems alien and repugnant to me., Even though it may be creepy to get emotionally and creatively involved with some of the things I write about, the whole idea of voyeurism is loathsome to me. I either dive in or I
away. To me, writing and living are almost
• !----,.rce myself in something
interchangeable. I either _
here, or I might choose to go off to Timbuktu and say; `Well, I'm the guy from the great graduating class of 1964 -Fairfax Iligh7-who went all the way to Timbuktu to