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Murakami Haruki, novelist, short story writer, translator

“Concentration is one of the happiest things in my life,” he said. “If you cannot concentrate, you are not so happy. I’m not a fast thinker, but once I am interested in something, I am doing it for many years. I don’t get bored. I’m kind of a big kettle. It takes time to get boiled, but then I’m always hot.”

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Haruki Murakami. The 3rd part of 1Q84 was a disappointment. After a long wait for this book (part 3 of the book), I felt that Murakami, whom I admire, wrapped up his monumental book with coarse stitches, turning it to a romance/love story, and left out all the science fiction aspect. But this is Murakami, never satisfying his readers with some reasonable end.

“In this world, there are things you can only do alone, and things you can only do with somebody else. It's important to combine the two in just the right amount.” ― Haruki Murakami

Aomame - 1Q84, Haruki Murakami Images created using law enforcement composite sketch software and descriptions of literary characters.

The Getaway Car | Ann Patchett. This Kindle single is fabulous. Buy it. Read it. It is totally worth your $3 and one hour. This is Patchett's story of how she became a writer, and it's fun and inspiring and well-written. (Bonus: if you're a writer, you'll want to sit down and WRITE after you turn the last page.)

Vladimir Nabokov on Literature and Life: A Rare 1969 BBC Interview | "After a month or so, I get used to the book’s final stage, to its having been weaned from my brain. I now regard it with a kind of amused tenderness as a man regards not his son, but the young wife of his son."

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