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Haruki Murakami en Berkeley, Parte 2

Una continuación de lo que empezó en la Parte 1

I wake up every day between 4 and 5 in the morning. I go to bed between 9 and 10 at night.

-What is your favorite band?
-In the morning I listen to classical music. In the evening I listen to jazz. During the day I listen to rock music. I like Radiohead. You know, Thom Yorke says he likes my books. He's in Tokyo now. He said that he'd like to meet me. But I can't. I'm here. So, I'm missing Thom Yorke and a baseball game. I'm doing a lot of sacrifices today.

I also like The Beach Boys.

I write in the early morning, when it's dark. Then I run. Work in the dark, work in the sun. It's a good balance.

People stop me in the street and say "hey I really liked your latest book." And I reply "oh great, I'm honored, please buy my next book." Other people stop me and say "hey I didn't like your latest book" and I say "well, I'm sorry, I try to do my best every time. I'm sorry that my best was not good enough for you. But please buy my next book. You may like that one."

I get some questions in the internet. This guy sent me a really stupid questions. And I like stupid questions. He wanted to know about squids. You know how squids have like tentacles? He wanted to know if those were hands or feet. Why did he ask me? I don't know. But I answered anyway.

Murakami: I like to sing while I'm swimming.
Roland: how do you do that?
Murakami: Well, I swim like a mile every day and it gets boring.
Roland: but, how do you do that? Every time you go for air you sing a little?
Murakami: No. I just sing. Like, I decide I want to sing yellow submarine and I sing it.

I have to go deep underground when I write. Touch my obsessions. That is why I run. You need to be strong to face that.

I wanted to write a story about sharpie cakes. I didn't know what sharpie cakes were or how to bake one. I liked the sound of it, I guess, I don't know. One day it just popped in my head. I don't know why.

When I started, most of my readers were in their 20s and early thirties. Almost thirty yeares later, most of my readers and in their 20s and early thirties. Some things don't change.

Some friends tell me they talk to their sons and daughters about my books. Otherwise they don't talk at all! They feel grateful for that.