Sunday, July 08, 2007

"Practically everything I know about writing...I learned from music"

Novelist Haruki Murakami on how jazz taught him to be an artist:

Practically everything I know about writing, then, I learned from music. It may sound paradoxical to say so, but if I had not been so obsessed with music, I might not have become a novelist. Even now, almost 30 years later, I continue to learn a great deal about writing from good music.
But what it can't teach you is how to make art in collaboration with participating other artists, in the moment, and with the cooperation of a living, breathing audience. Which music does teach.

Nice sentiment, though.

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