qotd: running

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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

qotd: attention

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Literature is dialogue; responsiveness . . . A writer, I think, is someone who pays attention to the world.

Susan Sontag, from speech after being awarded the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade in 2003