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Swing Time: A Novel

Zadie Smith

 

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Kitchens of the Great Midwest: A Novel

By J. Ryan Stradal

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Some people think literature is high culture and that it should only have a small readership. I don’t think so… I have to compete with popular culture, including TV, magazines, movies and video games.
– Haruki Murakami, novelist,

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The Wake Up Call – January 12, 2015

 

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A New Heaven and a New Earth: Reclaiming Biblical Eschatology

By J. Richard Middleton

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Reality, dream, story: where does one end and the next begin?
 

A Feature Review of

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage: A Novel

Haruki Murakami

Hardback:  A.A. Knopf, 2014
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Reviewed by Janet Ursel
 
Haruki Murakami’s much-heralded new novel is out and I decided for once to jump on a bandwagon. It was an intriguing book, and it is easy to see why he generates such a buzz.

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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage: A Novel

by Haruki Murakami

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A Brief Review of

WHAT I TALK ABOUT WHEN I TALK ABOUT RUNNING.
Haruki Murakami.

Paperback: Vintage, 2009.
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Reviewed by Chris Smith.

When I first heard about Haruki Murakami’s memoir What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, I was excited about the prospect of the acclaimed Japanese writer taking on one of my favorite subjects: running.  And Murakami did not disappoint; even in its English translation, his writing here is clear and well-crafted.  As is true of the best books on running, What I Talk About… eloquently conveys the internal struggle that the runner faces as he or she trains and then races.   Murakami is at his best in describing the parallels between the disciplines of writing and running:

Right now I’m aiming at increasing the distance I run, so speed is less of an issue.  As long as I can run a certain distance, that’s all I care about.  Sometimes I run fast when I feel like it, but if I increase the pace I shorten the amount of time I run, the point being to let the exhilaration I feel at the end of each run carry over to the next day.  This is the same sort of tack I find necessary when writing a novel.  I stop every day right at the point where I feel I can write more.  Do that, and the next day’s work goes surprisingly smoothly.  I think Ernest Hemingway did something like that.  To keep on going, you have to keep up the rhythm.  This is the important thing for long-term projects.  Once you set the pace, the rest will follow.  The problem is getting the flywheel to spin at a set speed—and to get to that point takes as much concentration and effort as you can manage (4-5).

There was one small facet of the book, however, that I found a little unsettling: namely, that Murakami’s running, and his reflections thereon, come from a place of significant privilege.  Over the course of this collection, Murakami circles the globe, running in exotic locations like Hawaii and the course of the original marathon in Greece, and also less exotic places like Boston and New York.  I do not begrudge or dismiss the diligent labor that Murakami has done to become a world-renowned writer and a committed runner, but his world is not the same one that I live in.  Maybe I would be a better runner – or at least more consistent – if I lived the relatively unfettered life that Murakami does, but I suppose I’ll never know because I don’t really want to live that in that world.