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From a song he’d once sung

November 3, 2016 psychologyWriting  No comments

SPOILER ALERT: from this point on, I will be examining Running to Stand Still in-depth. If you haven’t read it yet, and don’t want it spoiled for you, stop reading now.“Looking back now, I realize I have been peeking into the deserted alley for the last twenty-six years.” – Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner

Charlie has been looking back at that note on the table for the past nine years. And just like Jamie, everything he does, everything he is, is marked by that moment. It is his most defining characteristic.

Now, being left by your wife and the mother of your children may or may not constitute a legitimate traumatic event. But it is the moment that has defined his life ever since she left. And so, just as people stay stuck in trauma, he is stuck in the

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Song Inspiration: Running to Stand Still

May 12, 2016 Writing  No comments

I’ve created a whole playlist to go along with the book — songs that helped me create + capture the mood of certain scenes and of the story as a whole.

But there are a few that stand out from the rest.


As stated before, Paradise by Coldplay.

It has this haunted, ethereal, chilling quality that really captures the overall setting + tone of the story.

The yearning for more, beyond your reality, towards something that feels unreachable.

The weaving together of heartbreak and hope. 


Fire and Rain by James Taylor.

Without giving too much away, this song very much captures the relationship between

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