October 24th, 2011
bold and dangerous

We are responsible to ourselves for our own existence. Consequently we want to be the true helmsman of this existence and refuse to allow our existence to resemble a mindless act of chance. One has to take a somewhat bold and dangerous line with this existence, especially as, whatever happens, we are bound to lose it. Why go on clinging to this clod of earth, this way of life, why pay heed to what your neighbor says?

“What have you truly loved up to now; what has drawn your soul aloft; what has mastered it and at the same time blessed it?” Set up these revered objects before you, and perhaps their nature and their sequence will give you a law, the fundamental law of your own true self. Compare these objects one with another; see how one completes, expands, surpasses, transfigures another, how they constitute a stepladder upon which you have clambered up to yourself as you are now; for your true nature lies not concealed deep within you, but immeasurably high above you, or at least above that which you usually take yourself to be.

-Friedrich Nietzsche, excerpted from Untimely Meditations, found in this month’s The Sun magazine

Oct 24 2011
11:24 am
folkscallmejonny writes:

“I know what I love, still, now. That’s confidence. If you don’t know what you love, you are lost.” from an interview with Haruki Murakami in the Guardian (UK) on Saturday. I think Haruki hits the nail on the head. It’s that simple. Murakami does not plan his novels. He just dives in. Are you a fan, Keri?

Oct 24 2011
12:06 pm
folkscallmejonny writes:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/oct/14/haruki-murakami-1q84

Here’s a link to the full article on Murakami.

Oct 24 2011
1:08 pm
Mouse writes:

wise words…

Oct 24 2011
7:41 pm
kerismith writes:

jonny,
I confess I have yet to read Murakami, though he has come into my radar many times, (most recently as I was doing research for “Finish” when I was searching for metafiction.) Instead of reading Murakami I chose Pale Fire, House of Leaves, and a few others that didn’t help me. I should have read the Wind Up Bird Chronicle I think. But I will take this as a sign to read it, the universe seems to want me to. I enjoyed reading the article.

as an aside: Finish this Book is a nod to The Crying of Lot 49 in many ways. I am not a big Pynchon fan (stylistically) but I like how his brain works.

Oct 25 2011
3:19 am
folkscallmejonny writes:

If you read only one Murakami – I’d recommend Hard Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World , otherwise, if you’re in for the long term, take his novels in the order in which they’re written. (I didn’t get very far with House of Leaves – it seemed to promise more than it delivered). Yikes, have I hi-jacked your post?

Oct 25 2011
12:34 pm
DeAnn writes:

What you put out into the world always encourages me to think deeper and trust my own voice. You directed me to Derrick Jensen and I in turn encouraged my son to read him and it has now… “changed his life” Thanks

 
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