Category Archives: Murakami (Haruki)

Murakami and Repressed Anger’s Toxicity

Murakami’s novels cast light on a recent Japanese football incident where a player was instructed to take out the other team’s quarterback.

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On Labeling Survivors as “Crisis Actors”

Murakami has the perfect analogy for the vast rightwing echo chamber that labels mass shooting survivors as “crisis actors.”

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Magical Realism’s Special Powers

Magical realism defined and its significance discussed.

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Murakami and Millennials’ Identity Quests

Murakami’s novels appeal to millennials because they are existential parables, and young people are grappling with life’s big questions, especially identity and purpose.

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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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