Friday, December 16, 2022

Eight top books that capture a life in motion

Tree Abraham is an Ottawa-born, Brooklyn-based writer, art director, and book designer. Her authorship experiments with fragmented essay and mixed media visuals.

Cyclettes is her first book.

At Electric Lit she tagged eight of her "favorite books that keenly track on the page the experience of a mind in motion." One title on the list:
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami

Prolific Japanese writer Murakami’s memoir feels almost like dispatches from the road, a light stream of consciousness that comes while he is running in Hawaii, Japan, and New England in preparation for the New York City marathon. His history as a runner and long distance racer has spanned the length of his writing career. What Murakami talks about when he talks about running is running, but also writing, and also the distillation of self. His self is one of great solitude, whose persistent focus at a writing desk parallels his fixed gaze on a horizon during a long run. He revisits past successes and failures in both writing and racing, which are really competitions between his younger and older self, stamina sharpened by a mind that remains present one word or step at a time. Murakami calls himself a physical more than an intellectual person who needs to physically strain his muscles to near an understanding of anything. The secret to succeeding in one’s pursuits is maintaining a pace, he says. Reading the book is like slipping into Murakami’s shoes and lapping in time with him.
Read about another entry on the list.

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running is among Ben Wilkinson's seven top books about running, Karen Campbell's ten top books about freedom, and Lauren Passell's top seven books that belong on every runner’s bookshelf.

--Marshal Zeringue