Jiro is my hero.
I began my journey to becoming a craftsman (of some sort) after watching Jiro Dreams of Sushi. I want to become a shokunin. Shoku whaaat? I know. I didn't know about this Japanese term or its relevance, but after watching the documentary film multiple times, it is what I must become to achieve life fulfillment. [continue reading]
Tim Ferriss is uber productive. Judging by the amount of books, articles, and podcast interviews he "ships" every year, he is uber productive. He is, consequently, very successful. A role model.
I have a problem with people like Tim—people who give splendid advice about how to be successful. My life circumstances, past experiences, and social network are different. I don’t have the social connections and head starts/advantages like they do. I have a different beast to tackle. But it’s very tempting to follow them and be blinded. [continue reading]
I like Haruki Murakami’s novels. I like his characters: sad, melancholic, and sometimes lonely—like me.
I'm an introvert who suffers from bouts of melancholia like many of Murakami’s characters. What Murakami’s characters feel, I’ve felt before. What they are thinking, I’ve thought of before.
Murakami's writing style is called magical realism. The settings are familiar yet surreal. Similar but strange. Modern Japan with an out-of-this-world element. Like Toru and Naoko’s world in Norwegian Wood; or Aomame’s In IQ84. Human characters coexisting with the supernatural.[continue reading]