About the Book by Haruki Murakami Titled “Novelist As a Vocation”—It Blends Writing Advice and Memoir

From a New York Times review by Charles Finch of the book by Haruki Murakami titled “Novelist as a Vocation”:

Since 2007, success as a novelist settled comfortably upon him, the Japanese writer Haruki Murakami has, in his eccentric way, been writing an autobiography. Without advertising itself as such, it nevertheless keeps arriving, piecemeal: first a short, brilliant book about his habits as a daily runner, later a long essay about his father, most recently an illustrated compendium of his T-shirt collection.

Raymond Carver’s Greatest Writing Advice

From a post on lithub.com by Emily Temple headlined “Raymond Carver’s greatest writing advice”:

Raymond Carver was born in Clatskanie, Oregon. Later, he would cement his position as one of America’s greatest and most beloved writers and poets, a true master of the short story form. Carver is one of those writers who tends to spawn other writers—more than one person I know fell in love with the short story form after they encountered “Cathedral” for the first time. So who better to offer a little bit of writing advice to those of us still trying to get it right? Here are a few gems from the man himself: