Fifty years ago, a kid named Haruki Murakami borrowed books from his school library in Kobe, Japan. This week, the Kobe Shimbun, a local paper, published a list of the books he checked out, as compiled on book checkout slips—and Japanese librarians are up in arms, accusing the paper of violating Murakami’s right to privacy....more
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Japanese bookseller Kinokuniya Co. plans on increasing the number of direct purchases made from publishers to avoid wholesalers’ markups. The store previously bought most of the stock of Murakami’s latest essay collection to compete against online sales.
Burlesque dancers danced outside a Barnes & Noble Bookstore on the Upper West Side of Manhattan after the store cancelled a performance booked months earlier to promote the release of Goddess of Love Incarnate: The Life of Stripteuse Lili St Cyr....more
Imagine a world in the late 21st century: countries are underwater from the rising oceans, Europeans have become refugees, and a mathematical formula has been discovered that explains the entire universe, the applications of which include human flight (sans airplane) and the ability to remove pain and grief....more
In what can aptly be described as a preemptive strike against online retailers like Amazon, major Japanese bookstore chain Kinokuniya bought up to 90% of the first print run of Haruki Murakami’s latest book of essays, Novelist as a Vocation....more
I must be missing something. Mustn’t I?
Sam Jordison, for the Guardian’s reading group, has dived into Murakami’s Kafka on the Shore and promptly landed in shallow water. Possibly too relatable for some of us, Jordison shares his frustrations over Murakami’s plotting (or, he might argue, lack thereof) which takes away from his writing’s beauty....more
The satisfying crack when the bat met the ball resounded throughout Jingu Stadium. Scattered applause rose around me. In that instant, for no reason and on no grounds whatsoever, the thought suddenly struck me: I think I can write a novel.
“There’s no use of me singing ‘I can’t stop loooooooving you’ to you, I suppose.”
We beg to differ, Haruki: The Rumpus would love to hear your crooning Ray Charles rendition. Alas, author Haruki Murakami hasn’t serenaded us yet, but he has committed to responding to over 40,000 letters in his advice column (site in Japanese), including his musings on feline egos....more
When quizzed on his characters’ romantic proclivities, Haruki Murakami errs towards empathy:
I occasionally think that, in our heart of hearts, we all may be seeking situations like this one—where our free will doesn’t apply and (almost) everything is determined by someone else, where each day must be lived according to the conditions that someone else has laid down.
An old man takes the boy hostage and forces him to memorize a large number of books. The boy eventually realizes that the man plans to absorb the information he’s memorized by eating his brain. With the help of a strange girl and a man dressed as a sheep, the captive devises an escape plan.
“I have a kind of weird story related to death. Something my father told me. He said it was an actual experience he had when he was in his early twenties. Just the age I am now. I’ve heard the story so many times I can remember every detail.
In this, the first week of June, a band of storytellers joined hands and exhaled sweet stories that rolled out like a giant park full of empty hammocks waiting to hold readers through the long summer days…
For example: On Tuesday, poet-storyteller Stuart Dybek released not one, but two short story collections: Ecstatic Cahoots: Fifty Stories (a compendium of flash fiction) and Paper Lantern: Love Stories (home to nine longer stories)....more
If you like Timothy Leo Taranto’s literary puns here on the Rumpus, you’ll also enjoy these Halloween-themed literary puns over at Vol. 1 Brooklyn.
Written and illustrated by Rumpus contributor Lincoln Michel, they turn your favorite authors into scary monsters, including Louise Eldritch and Sheila Yeti (author, it goes without saying, of How Should A Cryptid Be?...more
Haruki Murakami discusses “Town of Cats,” an excerpt of his impending publication, 1Q84 (to be released in October) with the New Yorker’s fiction editor. More reason to get excited for fall’s literary bounty!
“Whenever I write a novel, I have a strong sense that I am doing something I was unable to do before....more
Haruki Murakami was removed from a summer reading list for middle schooler and high school students in one New Jersey school district. Apparently, some of the language in Norwegian Wood concerned parents and a couple students. And this is the perfect transition into announcing Banned Books Week, coming up the week of September 24th, which is all about combating censorship!...more
I’ve been writing this column off and on for a few years now and I thought I’d shake it up a bit by turning it into a dialogue....more
Oh look, it’s the first few lines of Haruki Murakami’s impending publication, 1Q84. The book was a major hit when it came out in Japan around two years ago. Alas, it is soon-to-be-released here and in the UK. It’s three volumes, translated in part by Jay Rubin and Philip Gabriel....more
The Millions came out with the “Great Second-Half of 2011 Book Preview,” which includes 66 titles and tons of accompanying words describing them (most books are forthcoming, some came out this month).
First on the list is last month’s Rumpus Book Club selection, Once Upon a River by Bonnie Jo Campbell....more
“The long-awaited English translation of 1Q84, the writer’s epic novel in three volumes that has proved a huge hit in his native Japan, will be published in English in October. All three sections are to appear together in a single 1,000-page volume, translated by Harvard professor Jay Rubin.”...more