A new Murakami is a strange and wonderful thing. A tome, destined to be read by millions and perfectly formed as a material object – bound in circles, that seemingly constant shape that seems to run throughout his work, and echoed across dust covers and paperbacks alike. How does one begin when writing about the […]Read more "Killing Commendatore"
We all write our own mythologies – the mythology of millennials, of instagram, of ourselves. I often say that my online life is a careful curation. I choose what to post. I only show the actions and write the captions that I wish others to see. I am in control. This online life isn’t real, […]Read more "Modern Mythologies"
Novellas and novels are quick and easy, and for me, only take a few days to get through. Sometimes I read so quickly I lose track, or I get to the last page before I’ve fully appreciated the nuances of the story, writing, characters. Being the slutty reader I am, if a book is under […]Read more "Tomes"
Pixel Picks – weekly(ish) links from around the web: interviews, articles, essays, poetry, fiction and non. This is the first since Christmas, so a landslide of bookish and pop-culture goodness follows, including Murakami, margins, witches, Tavi, and teenagers. There seems to be a lot of lady-goodness this week. Enjoy. Secret book club: everyone knows I love […]Read more "Pixel Picks. XI"
Murakami was written to be listened to. I don’t mean in audiobook form, but in soundtrack form. Like cats, cooking, unexpected phone calls, or ears, music is something mentioned in almost every novel. Sometimes, every few pages, I find myself googleing a song and listening to it. So much is lost without this auditory experience. […]Read more "Murakami Monday: His Musical World"
Something a Murakami character would play in his lonely Tokyo apartment, sipping Cutty Sark, with a strange cat asleep at his feet: a video game inspired by the Murakami’s magical realism. An independent Canadian studio BitByterz have created a game inspired by the stories of Haruki Murakami himself. The game unites magical realism and point-and-click Memoranda tells the story […]Read more "Murakami Monday: Memoranda"
It is no secret that Haruki Murakami uses familiar patterns for readers to get lost in. It is a comfort to pick up a previously unread Murakami novel and find within it’s pages the familiar prose, the cats, the whisky, and the urban ennui. At times, Murakami’s worlds are in sync with mine, causing me […]Read more "Murakami Monday: Are you in a Murakami novel?"