02023-08-19 | Book, Reading, Video | 1 comment

I watched those guys beat each other up. It’s what passes for entertainment in the mountains. :-)

I did read a little bit every day. Novelist as a Vocation by Murakami is excellent. He writes much that seems to match with my experience. I also started to read The White Album by Joan Didion. She has a wonderful writing style. I am really enjoying this book so far. 

There are so many great quotes in the Murakami book that I highlighted. Here are just a few:

The narrower and more specialized the field, I have found, the prouder the authorities tend to be and the stronger their antipathy to outsiders.

Don’t I know it!

But since I do happen to have a bit of ability to write novels, and have had some good luck on my side, plus a stubborn streak (or, to put it more nicely, a consistency) that’s proved helpful, I’ve been able, over thirty-five years, to write novels as a profession.

I am quite stubborn myself and I have had some good luck. And it’s been just about 35 years, since 1989.

A writer’s greatest responsibility is to his readers, to keep providing them with the best work that he is capable of turning out. I am an active writer, which is to say, someone whose work is still in progress. A writer perpetually groping to discover what to do next, inching forward through the perils of the literary battlefield. The task set before me is to survive, and to try and keep moving ahead.


The Polish poet Zbigniew Herbert had this to say: “To reach the source, you have to swim against the current. Only trash swims downstream.”


1 Comment

  1. Robin

    The guy on the left looks like a meerkat :)


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