Murakami + Bourdain on Practicing

“I am determined to suck less at this jiu jitsu thing every day if I can.”

– Anthony Bourdain

In two selections here, the writer Haruki Murakami and the chef Anthony Bourdain each share their thoughts about how athletic activity – running and jiu-jitsu – parallels their professional practice. Each has a different take; Murakami speaks about pushing himself by exercising focus and endurance, and Bourdain discusses the value of participating in a sport that makes him feel like “the newest, worst cook in the kitchen all over again.”

The Murakami excerpt from What I Talk About When I Talk About Running (PDF)

The Bourdain essay (PDF)

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Murakami + Bourdain on Practicing