RE: Hey, Mr Wind-up Bird, Is there a Murakami thread here?
I loved this bit:
"I keep to this routine every day without variation. The repetition itself becomes the important thing; it’s a form of mesmerism. I mesmerize myself to reach a deeper state of mind."
I love art forms in which repetition brings about that effect - it's what the killings do in 2666, what tthe falling house does in Steve McQueen's Deadpan - you go beyond boredom to some kind of transcendence. Fascinating to hear a writer referring to that phenomenon in relation to life as well as art.