May. 23rd, 2009

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Thanks to [personal profile] finkpishnets , I now have a Dreamwidth account! For now, I still don't know how to make it work and am still a little confused on the way these layouts work (if anyone has any tips on finding some good ones somewhere, please do share!), but I just wanted to post the first entry!

I'm still not sure what I will use this for, but I've decided to call it Norwegian Wood like the title of the last book I've read, by one of my recent obsessions, Haruki Murakami. In general, I'd like to write less about my real life and more about inspirations in here, so I think I will start with some quotes from this book, as it gave the title to this Dreamwidth :) In general, I'd like to fill this DW with reviews, photography, quotes and such :)

So here we go with my favourite bits of Haruki Murakami's Norwegian Wood:

"Of course life frightens me sometimes. I don't happen to take that as the premise for everything else though. I'm going to give it hundred percent and go as far as I can. I'll take what I want and leave what I don't want. That's how I intend to live my life, and it things go bad, I'll stop and reconsider at that point. If you think about it, an unfair society is a society that makes it possible for you to exploit your abilities to the limit."

"Letters are just pieces of paper. ... Burn them, and what stays in your heart will stay, keep them, and what vanishes will vanish."

"If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking."

“Without warning, she asked me, ‘Hey, Watanabe, can you explain the difference between the English subjunctive present and the subjunctive past?’
‘I think I can,’ I said.
‘Let me ask you, then, what purpose does stuff like that serve in daily life?’
‘None at all,’ I said. ‘It may not serve any concrete purpose, but it does give you some kind of training to help you grasp things in general more systematically.’
Midori took a moment to give that some serious thought. ‘You’re amazing,’ she said. ‘That never occurred to me before. I always thought of things like the subjunctive case and differential calculus and chemical symbols as totally useless. A pain in the neck. So I’ve always ignored them. Now I have to wonder if my whole life has been a mistake’”

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