Quote of the Week by Greg Bover

“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.

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About E.J.

Artist, researcher, writer, spiritual traveler of this fascinating orb we inhabit, lover of life and all it has to offer. Hi everyone out there in GMG land. My name is Ellen “E.J.” Lefavour (a/k/a “Ejay Khan” – the pseudonym I used during my years as a political activist artist). I moved to Cape Ann in September of 2010, and was thrilled to be invited by Joey to become a daily contributor to Good Morning Gloucester in December of that year. I am a painter, photographer and writer who has lived and worked as an artist for 20 years, since leaving the corporate world in 1990 to pursue my passion. My contributions to GMG will consist of images (either my paintings, photographs, montages or the occasional video) and a little history about the image, called “Did you Know?” I hope to come up with tidbits of information that people don’t already know, or had forgotten they knew. As I am new here, everything is new and fascinating to me, especially the amazing history, so bear with me if I post something that is common knowledge – I’ll eventually come up with something that’s new to you. As an artist, I will also write about the incredible art scene on Cape Ann. Please take a minute to comment on my posts, like them or not, especially if you have corrections or something to add, as that is how I, and all of us, learn. Have a Good Morning Gloucester, and a blessed day.
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4 Responses to Quote of the Week by Greg Bover

  1. Anonymous says:

    lovely! having intimate knowledge of both, that phrase relieves each. keep em coming, greg.

  2. I’ve heard a few Haruki Murakami stories on NPR’s “Selected Shorts”, and they are always interesting and thought provoking… and a little weird. I like them!

  3. Lindle & Darlene Willnow says:

    I read 1Q84 last year and it was a fascinating read. Not a weekend read by any stretch but a wonderful tale of two fated lovers living in an alternate (though very similar) universe. Mix in cult religions, ghost writing, assassins, and the fight against violence on women and you’ve got a good book.

    • gregbover says:

      You may be interested to know that 1Q84 is a bilingual pun. The number 9 in Japanese (transliterated “kyu” ) is pronounced very much like the English letter “Q.” So in Japanese the title of the book is pronounced “ichi kyu hachi yon” which is also 1984. Murakami did a lot of translating before he got to be such a famous novelist and plays with the two languages often. One of the striking things about being in Japan is just how much English is used in advertising and everyday speech. One of the three alphabets used there is just for words of foriegn origin.

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