Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Running As Discipline

The Japanese writer Haruki Murakami describes his decades-long dependency on long-distance running in his new memoir, "What I Talk About When I Talk About Running."

From a NY Sun review:

"For Mr. Murakami, running is not only connected to writing in its dark-art aura, it is essential to his literary productivity. It gives him routine, instills discipline, and regulates his life. Ascribing to the Graham Greene, 350-words-a-day-no-matter-what system of writing rather than the fabled Jack Kerouac, wrote-it-on-a-roll-of-toilet-paper-while-drunk methodology, Mr. Murakami commits himself to extreme physical activity in order to pursue pure intellectual activity."

iPod Shuffle: "Bread and Wine" by the Cowboy Junkies, from "Open." And "Ashgrove" by Dave Alvin, from "Ashgrove." And "All I Do" by the Derek Trucks Band, from "Songlines."

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