A collection of personal essays about writing, endurance, and running, Haruki Murakami’s What I Talk About When I Talk About Running considers the impact the sport has had on the author’s life and work. Continue reading “on running”
Exerting yourself to the fullest within your individual limits: that’s the essence of running, and a metaphor for life—and for me, for writing as whole.
—Haruki Murakami, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
For the month of January I’ll be focusing on reading fiction and nonfiction by writers in translation, from Haruki Murakami to Marguerite Duras.
This year was the first in which I’ve regularly read for pleasure, and I’ve come across so many amazing new books and writers, from Susan Orlean to Danez Smith.
While I’ve been lucky enough to read many excellent memoirs this year, seven easily stand out as my top favorites from 2018.
One wants a room with no view, so imagination can meet memory in the dark.
—Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
I had been chipping at the world idly, and had by accident uncovered vast and labyrinthine further worlds within it.
—Annie Dillard, An American Childhood