The Nice Thing About Strangers

Creative Non-Fiction Short Stories. :) Travel, Oldsters, Love, and Compassion.

Don’t Quit Your Day Job

Writing was the sole activity of his life, but not his sole happiness. He knew he had to work like everybody else. He could enjoy doing other work. Yes, if it provided a livelihood, he could do any kind of work. Looking at the world, so to speak, actually seeing the world in its true guise, gave him great pleasure.

–Orhan Pamuk. The New Life.

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

There is, indeed, a man under those coats. Istanbul.

11 comments on “Don’t Quit Your Day Job

  1. catbirdinoman
    February 6, 2013

    I adore Orhan Pamuk. Have you ever read The Black Book?

    • thenicethingaboutstrangers
      February 6, 2013

      I have! The Black Book was my favorite so far. Less salacious than Museum of Innocence, so better for my puritanical sensibilities. (But conflicting since I lived a few blocks away from his museum…)

      • catbirdinoman
        February 7, 2013

        I loved it too! It was dense but really thought-provoking.

  2. petchary
    February 6, 2013

    Good heavens. So many coats! I must read some of Orhan Pamuk.

    • thenicethingaboutstrangers
      February 6, 2013

      I’m with catbird about The Black Book. It’s quite lovely. I hope to re-read Snow this winter. I can’t remember it well. So if that’s better, you’ll be notified. 🙂

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    February 6, 2013

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  4. eldinsmille
    February 7, 2013

    I like this minaret!

    • thenicethingaboutstrangers
      February 11, 2013

      Why, thank ya! You remind me I need to bust out my Bosnia notebooks. I keep promising…time to deliver…

      • eldinsmille
        February 12, 2013

        I´m still waiting…

  5. Cardinal Guzman
    February 7, 2013

    I would love to quit my day job. Alternatively: get an interesting day job.

  6. shofar
    February 7, 2013

    Your short stories are enjoyable and refreshing to read! Glad you liked the ‘sign holders’ joke on my blog. I’m not great with jokes, but this one fit in with what I’ve been posting. Thanks for visiting http://heulu.wordpress.com
    God bless you in your stranger encounters!
    Liz (1/2 of SHOFAR)

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