Category Archives: Murakami (Haruki)

Literature as a Social Activity

Literature becomes especially interesting when it enters social situations.

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Murakami’s Emotional Blandness as Shield

Haruki Murakami’s protagonists have a distinctive form of emotional blandness that helps them cope with the world.

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Bigotry = A Loathsome Lack of Imagination

Murakami says that the worst thing about bigots is that they are hollow men devoid of imagination.

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Portal Fantasies – Nadal Loses, Italy Wins

Judging by the Supreme Court’s Obamacare decision and the defeats of Rafael Nadal and the German soccer team, the world passed through a strange portal this past Thursday.

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High Art, Low Art, and Murakami

Murakami’s “1Q84” seamlessly moves between high art and pop culture, complicating the issue of guilty reading pleasures.

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Lit the Indecipherable Text of a Magic Spell

The Haruki Murakami short story “Town of Cats” has a passage that speaks to literature’s ability to provide solutions to life’s problems==only the solution may be conveyed as “the indecipherable text of a magic spell.”

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