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, […]
Afternoon Bites: Murakami’s Latest, Giorgio Moroder, Marie-Helene Bertino, Musical Instruments of the Future, and More
Thoughts on realism in fiction and Haruki Murakami’s latest, building the musical instruments of the future, a history of Dick Tracy, new writing from Marie-Helene Bertino, and more.
Morning Bites: Believer Book Awards, Gabrielle Bell, Early Murakami, Mary Gaitskill on Culture, and More
The Believer has announced their book awards for the year, a J.D. Salinger film is coming, a look at Gabrielle Bell’s use of fiction and memoir in her comics, and more.
Afternoon Bites: Murakami’s Jazz Club, Chris Abani, Watching the Pixies, Richard Ayoade’s Dostoevsky Adaptation, and More
This afternoon: Roxane Gay on Jenny Offill’s new novel, visiting the site of Haruki Murakami’s jazz club, a trailer for a new Dostoevsky adaptation, watching the Pixies when sick, and more.
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 […]
Indexing: New Directions catalogs, Joseph Heller, two-thirds of Murakami, Green Apple Books, and more
A roundup of things consumed by our editors.
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 […]
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 […]