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23 Apr
I got the new Murakami short story collection Men Without Women in the mail today! Here are my initial impressions: - It has a great cover. The art style is simple and almost like calligraphy in effect. I especially like the inclusion … Continue reading
21 Apr
Chapter 17 “End of the World, Charlie Parker, Time Bomb” is a very short chapter, which is fortunate because it’s largely exposition: The scientist’s granddaughter has arrived at Watashi’s apartment, and they chat about what the grandfather must be up … Continue reading
12 Apr
Chapter 16, “The Coming of Winter,” is another nice chapter in Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World where Murakami is beginning to set up the major connections between the two parts of the novel that will play out … Continue reading
29 Mar
Back to the real point of this blog – yeah, it’s a Murakami blog these days despite my two recent posts on the Japanese language. If you’re a new reader, here’s the idea: Haruki Murakami’s 1985 novel Hard-boiled Wonderland and … Continue reading
24 Mar
I’ve got another article in the Japan Times today: “Being laughed at can help your Japanese evolve.” Two months in a row! I’m on a role. But long-time readers will notice that I’ve really just mined content from two of … Continue reading
24 Feb
I’ve got an article in the Japan Times today titled “Keep calm before carrying on when speaking Japanese.” The idea for the article was prompted by a recent experience at work. One of my Japanese coworkers asked me to proofread … Continue reading
12 Feb
Chapter 14 is “Woods” in the End of the World section. Appropriately, autumn ends and winter begins in this chapter. (Spoiler alert: Like the winter of 2013-14, the winter in the book never ends. Snow on the ground in the … Continue reading
25 Jan
(Photo from this cool retro blog, which I found via this excellent blog post waxing nostalgic about Japanese whiskey.) お待たせしました! and 明けましておめでとうございます! Apologies for the long delay between posts. Thanksgiving to New Years is a long blur, but I have, … Continue reading
23 Oct
It’s been a few weeks since the end of my Nobel series and the announcement, so I think I’m ready to start up again with my “Save the Blog!” project (which is basically the same as the Nobel project) and … Continue reading
5 Oct
With the goal of stirring up even more interest in Murakami between now and the next week (or two), when the Nobel Prizes are announced, I will post a small piece of Murakami translation/analysis/revelation once a week from now until … Continue reading
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