“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”
Attributed to Haruki Murakami (1949- )
Although often quoted from Murakami’s essay “What I Talk About When I Talk About Running,” this saying is much older and has its roots in Zen Buddhist tradition, which holds that one’s attitude toward the vicissitudes of life is all that any of us really has any chance of controlling. Murakami, who is often compared to Kurt Vonnegut, did not begin writing until his late 20’s, but has won widespread acclaim for his humorous and surrealistic novels including The Wild Sheep Chase and Kafka on the Shore. Infused with diverse musical references, Murakami’s beautifully written work is representative of the cultural tumult in modern Japan, and is just plain-old fun to read. He has been a writer-in-residence at both Princeton and Tufts universities and participates in triathlons and ultra-marathons. His most recent novel is the excellent 1Q84.
Gregory R. Bover
VP Operations, Project Manager
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