The New Yorker has published a new short story by Haruki Murakami, and you can read it for free online. The short story opens as a dramatic reversal of Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka. Worth Reading, Inspiration Writers, Books News, Sadducees Murakami, Murakami 1Q84, Books Worth, Murakami Novels, Japan Writers, Books Review
“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.”
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."