Haruki Murakami

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“Even a Novelist Has to Wear Something”: Haruki Murakami Puts His Massive T-shirt Collection on Display

Haruki Murakami thinks he owns about 200 T-shirts. The prizewinning author of the novels Killing Commendatore and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, and more than 50 other books, didn’t intend to collect the T’s—they just piled up. “When I run across an interesting one, I’ll buy it on a whim,” he says. His new book, Murakami T: The T-shirts I Love, out from Knopf, compiles his favorites and the stories behind them in the candid, unassuming tone that characterizes his nonfiction. “Maybe readers will make some unexpected discovery—like, I see, novelists shop in thrift stores too and buy used T-shirts for $3,” he says. “Even a novelist has to wear something, right?” Below, he talks style, substance, and American beer.
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Haruki Murakami criticises Japanese prime minister’s Covid response: ‘He sees only what he wants to see’

Revered Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami has criticised Japan’s prime minister Yoshihide Suga for his response to the coronavirus pandemic.Speaking on his monthly radio show yesterday (29 August), Murakami suggested that Suga had ignored a surge in Covid cases and public concerns about the state of the pandemic.Murakami quoted Suga’s recent comment, in which the prime minister remarked that “an exit is now in our sight after a long tunnel”.“If he really saw an exit, his eyes must be extremely good for his age. I’m of the same age as Mr. Suga, but I don’t see any exit at all,”...
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Haruki Murakami has “never thought about” changing the way he writes female characters.

Prolific author, radio DJ, and T-shirt designer Haruki Murakami has a reputation for being somewhat reclusive—but that doesn’t mean he’s managed to avoid controversy entirely. Though he’s been praised for his characterization of the female narrator of “Sleep,” every so often Murakami comes under fire for writing flat female characters that serve the needs of and are seen through the eyes of alienated, often sexually frustrated men. Today, in an interview with Sean Wilsey for InsideHook, Murakami responded directly to probing questions about his books’ treatment of women, and whether his approach to writing women has changed. Here’s the exchange:

Haruki Murakami: 'I've Had All Sorts Of Strange Experiences In My Life'

The stories in Haruki Murakami's new collection, First Person Singular, have a sort of fractal nature — you're reading a story by a middle-aged Japanese man in which a middle-aged Japanese man is telling you a story (and sometimes that story involves him telling other stories). You get drawn into the spiral, and soon you're in that strange world where many of his stories exist, a place full of his favorite things (jazz, baseball, the Beatles, though surprisingly few cats this time) and yet unmistakably odd, existing at a slight, unexplained angle to reality.
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Haruki Murakami on the Year Dave Hilton Debuted for the Yakult Swallows

This piece was edited and translated by Philip Gabriel. I originally wrote this essay for the October 5, 1980 issue of the Japanese sports magazine Number. So it’s quite an old piece. I found it again when I was going through some old files and papers at home. It brought back good memories, and I made a few corrections and included it in the present essay collection. I had always thought that Sotokoba was the Hiroshima Carp’s starting pitcher in the opening game of the season, but actually it was Satoshi Takahashi. There were a couple of other small factual errors in the original essay I’ve corrected—there wasn’t any Wikipedia back then—but I’ve left the essay as it was, to catch the flow of the original. —Haruki Murakami.