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I really enjoyed Beth Henley's short play Am I Blue. I just read it this past month in my English 102 class, and it's brilliant. Very Cathcher-esque, and is definitely something short and sweet that you hopefully may find influence in :D
Actual books I would recommend are the usual classics, The Great Gatsby, Catcher in the Rye, Brave New World, 1984, and Farenheit 451 are among my favorites.
It sounds kind of strange, but a lot of Neil Gaiman's stuff sparks a lot of ideas.