Tag Archives: Haruki Murakami

Note to Men: Face Your Inner Violence

To grapple with the fact of male sexual assault, it helps to have powerful literary explorations. Murakami provides one in “Kafka on the Shore.”

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Murakami on Ideology’s Hollowness

Murakami’s diatribe against rigid ideologues in “Kafka on the Shore” applies only to well to figures on the American right.

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Putin as Murakami’s Boris the Manskinner

Murakami’s Boris the Manskinner has an unsettling resemblance to Vladimir Putin and wannabe authoritarian Donald Trump. Without strong beliefs, one cannot stand up to him.

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Murakami Explains Lure of Fascism

Murakami’s “Wild Sheep Chase” helps explain why young men are drawn to fascism, as we saw in Charlottesville.

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Murakami: Don’t Be a Sheep

Murakami’s “Wild Sheep Chase” is a modern parable that has important lessons for confronting authoritarian regimes. That’s the lesson one of my Bernie supporters took from it. Another student used it to support his decision to come out.

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The Magic Spell Cast by Stories

In “1Q84” Murakami describes novels as holding out the promise to solve our problems only we can’t quite make them out.

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Trump Sees Garbage and Rocks in Foes

I’ve compared Donald Trump to Murakami’s villain in “Wind-Up Bird Chronicle.” Today I dig deeper into the comparison.

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Trump as a Haruki Murakami Villain

Donald Trump has an uncanny resemblance to the villain Noboru Wataya in Haruki Murakami’s masterful novel “The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle” (1998). Both have a similar hollowness and both have the ability to separate people from the higher instincts and put them in thrall to their lower ones.

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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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