The Vol. 1 Brooklyn Guide to Haruki Murakami

My own experience with Haruki Murakami started at the crack of dawn. Very literally: I was on vacation, and the time difference between my home in the Middle West and my hotel in the Middle East woke me up at four o’clock every morning. Because I liked Franz Kafka, I had randomly bought a copy of Kafka on the Shore and I read it in bed as the sun rose. (As it turns out, Franz isn’t a character there.) Later, […]

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A Year of Favorites: Nathaniel Adams

A Year of Favorites

As the co-author of a book on the best-dressed men in the world, I naturally have to maintain a high-standard of dressing, but this year I’ve also begun to consider the importance of what’s under my bespoke suits. So in an attempt to look as lovely without a shirt as I do with one, I’ve turned to two very different Japanese novelists for my inspiration. The calm and cosmopolitan Haruki Murakami’s short memoir What I Talk About When I Talk About […]

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Indexing: Murakami, Monica Drake, Robert Gardner/Coover, and Virtually Everything Else Imaginable.

A roundup of things consumed by our editors.  Tobias Carroll I’m planning to start Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84 in the coming weeks. It’s been a while since I read one of his novels, and so picked up his After Dark as a sort of chaser. And…I’m not sure that I loved it. His evocation of nighttime moods is close to perfect, as is his suggestion of something unbearably sinister lying below the surface of daily life. But while he establishes a […]

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Morning Bites: Murakami’s vices, Snoop Lovecraft, My Bloody Record Label, Kalman & Pollan, and more

WFMU on the artwork of Aleksandra Waliszewska. (We especially love Dargeresque painting above.) Michael Pollan and Maira Kalman team up for an illustrated version of Pollan’s Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual. “The pleasures of reading Haruki Murakami could easily be mistaken for a list of his vices.” – Christian Lorentzen at The Observer. Ever wonder what would happen if you mixed H.P. Lovecraft with Charlie Brown?  Wonder no more. Edward Gorey: Total fashion icon. Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine starts a […]

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