Haruki Murakami

What It's Like Adapting Haruki Murakami's Surreal Fiction

An experimental performance visualizes the Japanese novelist's magical world IRL.<p>Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami isn't afraid of mystifying readers. His tales are grounded in just enough reality that they're plausible, so when supernatural forces inevitably intervene, the effect is disorienting. …

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15 Fascinating Books to Read Before Visiting Japan

I always like to read about a destination before I visit and Japan is perfect for this. It has a unique and fascinating culture and learning more …

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7 Years Ago I Walked Off My Day Job As A Museum Guard To Make Hollow Books For A Living

I didn't feel good about exhibiting my paintings, which I felt were becoming more and more a form of personal art therapy rather than anything I'd …

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Why Luna Lovegood is the Perfect Ravenclaw

I first took the Pottermore Sorting Hat quiz a few years ago. And at first, I was delighted to find out I got Ravenclaw. I mean, they’re smart, …

Harry Potter

The Tyranny of Canonical Texts

I, too, dislike it: there are things that are important beyond<br>all this fiddle.<p>“Poetry,” Marianne Moore<p>As a sophomore in high school, I was a nerdy</i> …

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Men Without Women book review: Haruki Murakami explores jazz music, alienation and more

<b>Title:</b> Men Without Women; <b>Author:</b> Haruki Murakami; <b>Publisher:</b> Harvill Secker - Penguin Random House; <b>Pages:</b> 228; <b>Price:</b> Rs 799<p>What is it about Haruki …

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Book Recommendations for The Justice League (And A Few That They’ve Already Read)

With the latest superhero movie on the horizon, I got to thinking about the reading life of these heroes. So here are my book recommendations for The …

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Maps for Storytelling: An Interview with John Freeman

<i>John Freeman, founder of the literary journal</i> Freeman’s<i>, discusses finding, reading, and editing literature from around the world, as well as the</i> …

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In Praise of Sayaka Murata

I think the riskiest kind of novel is the one that tries to rescue us from mundane existence—by taking a closer look at mundane existence. If the …

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The “Inscrutable” Voices of Asian-Anglophone Fiction

The narrator of Weike Wang’s début novel, “Chemistry,” published earlier this year, is an unnamed female chemistry Ph.D. student navigating American academia and modern romance. She is also the daughter of ambitious Chinese parents who immigrated to the United States after the Cultural Revolution. …

Culture

Mark Cho

Introduction<p>Mark Cho is the co-founder and owner of The Armoury, a chain of upscale menswear stores with locations in New York and Hong Kong. Mark is …

Om Malik

Blue Sky Books is a literary treasure trove

Learning to read Japanese is the most daunting part of studying the language. It’s helpful to have a 先輩 (<i>senpai</i>, older student) or a teacher to walk …

Japan

The Millions Top Ten: October 2017

<i>We spend plenty of time here on The Millions telling all of you what we’ve been reading, but we are also quite interested in hearing about what</i> …

Books

20 books everyone should read in their 30s

These classic books are worth reading at any age, but the more life experience you have, the more fulfilling you'll find them.<p>From New York Times bestsellers to cult classics, to stories with motivating life lessons, here are 20 books that everyone should read in their 30s, in no particular order.

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The Last Word: Billy Gibbons on Cars, Marriage, Touring With Jimi Hendrix

The ZZ Top guitarist also talks advice from B.B. King, lessons from Haruki Murakami and the time he almost shaved his beard<p>ZZ Top frontman Billy …

Music

14 Books that Defy Definition

Some reads are wonderful because they greet us like old friends: Raymond Chandler fans know they’re in for gruff, pithy imagery when they crack a …

Jane Austen

AFM: Lee Chang-dong’s Haruki Murakami Adaptation ‘Burning’ set at Finecut

International sales rights to “Burning,” the new film by leading Korean auteur Lee Chang-dong, have been picked up by Finecut. The picture is an …

Literature

Need Blog Post Ideas? These 17 Sources of Inspiration Work Every Time

Your job as a blogger is to publish exciting blog content that people enjoy and want to share with their network. This requires a consistent stream …

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Netflix's Alias Grace is every bit the equal of The Handmaid's Tale - review

In my head, there is a long list of novels that I love, but feel strongly should never be adapted for the screen. These include: Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf (stream-of-consciousness novels never work); Haruki Murakami’s Kafka on the Shore (ditto books about talking cats); and Written on the Body …

Literature

I Started Running to Keep Myself Alive

I was broken and suicidal, and focusing on this weekend's NYC marathon kept me going.<p>It was an ordinary autumn afternoon. Ordinary, except for the fact that I was in my Manhattan apartment looking up suicide hotlines. I didn't want to do anything. I didn't want to see anyone. I didn't want to leave …

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How Haruki Murakami Navigates Between Japanese and Western Cultures

Murakami was born to two teachers of Japanese literature in the aftermath of the Second World War. Unable to relate to the Japanese classics in this …

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Matthew Weiner takes a break from TV and plunges into fiction with 'Heather, the Totality'

One day in the fall of 2015, Matthew Weiner was wandering a rarefied block on the Upper East Side when he saw a construction worker leering at an adolescent girl in a school uniform — “tall and slender and a little knock-kneed” — as she walked into a building under renovation.<p>“What I really …

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NBA Powerless Rankings: Overreactions and disrespect

Sometimes bad things happen to good teams and good players. Welcome to the second edition of our NBA Powerless rankings.<p><i>“I feel utterly powerless,</i> …

Basketball

Member of the Week: Manuel Ostos

Manuel Ostos is the librarian for romance languages and literatures at Pennsylvania State University in University Park, PA. Manuel first joined ACRL …

Libraries

Haruki Murakami's 'Sleep' conjures terror in Philly premiere, heads to BAM Next Wave Fest

The production at the Annenberg Center this weekend still had some distance to go before its big engagement at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. But it …

Philadelphia

Powerless Rankings for the first week of the NBA season

Sometimes bad things happen to good teams and good players. Welcome to the first edition of our NBA Powerless rankings.<p><i>“I feel utterly powerless, and</i> …

Basketball

Professor at top Chinese university refuses to apologize for saying academia is not for women

"History has proven that academia is not the domain of women."

Shanghai

Best books for 2017: 22 must-read novels including Lincoln in the Bardo

With new releases from literary giants such as Arundhati Roy and Paula Hawkins, as well as much-hyped debuts from a clutch of exciting young authors, …

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If You Love Books, You're Going to Lose It Over These 25 Literary-Inspired Items

Giving someone a gift is always a kind gesture. But if you want to go above and beyond, opt for something that speaks to a topic or hobby they're …

Literature

Simon Shackleton - Where Embers Glow (SS's Sputnik Sweetheart Mix)

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