O(1) 的小乐对《What I Talk About When I Talk About Running》的笔记(1)

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
  • 书名: What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
  • 作者: Haruki Murakami
  • 页数: 179
  • 出版社: Knopf
  • 出版年: 2008-7-29
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    1 村上对这本书的定位就是
    “Just a book in which I ponder various things and think out loud”
    Pain is inevitable, Suffering is optional. The hurt part is an unavoidable reality, but whether or not you can stand any more is up to the runner himself.
    One thing I noticed was that writing honestly about running and writing honestly about myself are nearly the same thing.
    I stop every day right at the point where I feel I can write more. Do that, and the next day's work goes surpriseingly smoothly. I think Ernest Hermingway did something like that. To keep on going, you have to keep up the rhythm. This si the improtant thing for long-term projects. Once you set the pace , the rest will follow. The problem is getting the flywheel to spin at a set speed----and to get to that point takes as much concentration and effort as you can manage.
    真是long-term project 的神器!
    Sometimes when I think of life, I feel like a piece of driftwood washed up on shore.
    Marathon runners will understand what I mean. We don't really care whether we beat any other particular runner.
    Most ordinary runners are motivated by an individual goal, more than anything: namesly, a time they want to beat. As long as he can beat that time, a runne will feel he's accomplished what the set out to do, and if he can't , then he'll feel he hasn't.
    The same can be said about my profession. In the novelist's profession, as far as I'm concerned, there's no such thing as winning or losing. Maybe numbers of copies sold, awards won and critics's praise serve as outward standards for accomplishment in literature, but none of them really matter. What crucial is whether your writing attains the standards you've set for your self!
    I'm at an ordianry-or perhaps more like mediocre_level. But that's not the point. The point is whether or not i improved over yresterday. In long-diantance running the only opponent you have to beat is yourself, the way you used to be.
    At this point I don't want to mix music and computers. Just like it's not good to mix friends and work, and sex.
    I discovered to my delight that even these indulgences can be offset by presistent exercise.
    Other people have their own vales to live by, and the same holds true with me. It's not much fun to be misunderstood or criticized, but rather a painful experience that hurts people deeply. As I 've gotten older, thought, I've gradually come to the realization that this kind of pain and hurt is a necessary part of life.
    By running longer it's like I can physically exhaust that protion of my discontent. It also makes me realize again how weak I am , how limited my abilities are. I become aware, physically, of these low points. I quietly absorb the things I'm able to, releasing them later, and in as changed a form as possible, as part of the story line in a novel.
    I knew that if I did things halfheatedly and they didn't work out, I'd always have regrets.
    Life can be tough, but as long as you don't stint on the effort, your metabolism will greatly improve with these habits, and you'll end up much healthier, not to mention stronger.
    If people wo rely on a natural spring of talent suddenly find they've exhausted their only source, they're in troble. In other othes, Let's face it: life is basically unfair. But even in a situation that's unfair, I think it's possible to seek out a kind of fairness. Of course, that might take time and effort. And maybe it won't seem to be worth all that. It's upto each individual to decide whether or not it is.
    But I don't think it's merely willpower that makes you able to do something.
    Forcing people who have no desire to run, or who aren't physically fit enough, is a kind of pointless torture. The most improtant thing we ever learn at school is that the fact that the most important thing can't be learned at school.
    On the highway of life you can't always be in the fast lane. Still, I certainly don't want to keep making the same mistakes over and over. Best to learn from my mistakes and put that lesson into practice the next time around. While I still have the ability to do that.
    I've always done whatever I felt like doing in life. People may try to stop me, and convince me I'm wrong, but I won't change.
    2012-07-18 22:25:31 12人喜欢 1回应