Especially, I found useful knowing that he wanted to be a painter before switching to literature. This explains his deep understanding of colors and attention to visual description. To me, he is a true writer, a challenger who feels the reality around him deeply and has an ability to convey his feelings and thoughts using words.
After the meeting, I listened to a few of his interview on Youtube. I especially liked this talk he gave at the University of California: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUPGV1u9bdshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqVBGv2hpQ4&feature=player_embedded
While listening to his short stories and the description of how he writes, I was reminded of my own passion to writing. I felt so close to this person I don't even know. There is something common in how we perceive the world, and I could see this connection while listening to him.
Today, I saw this video that include a poem of a sufi poet, Rumi. It reminded of Orhan Pamuk's "My Name is Red". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqVBGv2hpQ4&feature=player_embedded