dehumanize us in many ways

Haruki Murakami:

The conflict between individuals and the System has always been the most important theme for me. The System is something that must exist, but it can also dehumanize us in many ways…  How much freedom we have is something that we need to constantly keep asking ourselves.

the cds vanishes

The Mainichi Daily News:

A whopping 6,000 orders have been made for the “Sinfonietta” CD of Czech composer Leos Janacek in just one week after the release of “1Q84,” according to Sony Music Japan International Inc. The CD contains the version conducted by George Szell and performed by the Cleveland Orchestra — the same classical piece that the novel’s protagonist listens to.

The record company says it had shipped the same number of copies of the CD over the past 20 years since the album’s conversion into a CD in 1990 as following the release of “1Q84.”


Tetsuo Matsuda:

In any heavy storm, there are always writers who hoist a torchlight in front of people. Murakami has been, and will be, taking that role. Whatever happens in the world, I will watch his light.

murakami on receiving the Jerusalem Prize

If there is a hard, high wall and an egg that breaks against it, no matter how right the wall or how wrong the egg, I will stand on the side of the egg.

Why? Because each of us is an egg, a unique soul enclosed in a fragile egg. Each of us is confronting a high wall. The high wall is the system” which forces us to do the things we would not ordinarily see fit to do as individuals.

I have only one purpose in writing novels. That is to draw out the unique divinity of the individual. To gratify uniqueness. To keep the system from tangling us. So – I write stories of life, love. Make people laugh and cry.

We are all human beings, individuals, fragile eggs. We have no hope against the wall: it’s too high, too dark, too cold. To fight the wall, we must join our souls together for warmth, strength. We must not let the system control us – create who we are. It is we who created the system.


quotes from what i talk about when i talk about running by haruki murakami

vi – If you don’t keep repeating a mantra of some sort to yourself, you’ll never survive.

vii – Here it is: Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.

5 – I stop every day right at the point where I can feel I can write more. Do that, and the next day’s work goes surprisingly smoothly.

10 – What’s crucial is whether your writing attains the standard you’ve set for yourself.

10 – Basically a writer has a quiet, inner motivation, and doesn’t seek validation in the outwardly visible.

10 – I’m at an ordinary—or perhaps more like mediocre—level. But that’s not the point. The point is whether or not I improved over yesterday.

19 – So the fact that I’m me and no one else is one of my greatest assets.

21 – Who in the world could possibly have warm feelings, or something like them, for a person who doesn’t compromise, who instead, whenever a problem crops up, locks himself away alone in a closet?

quotes from what i talk about when i talk about running by haruki murakami

10 questions for haruki murakami

Time (via the fat platypus):
Submit your question for Novelist Haruki Murakami


my favorite question so far is from a Frederic Turner in Cambridge who asked:

Why are your novels so awful?

i couldn’t resist submitting my own:

How would you own funeral be like?

If you had children, how would you raise them?

What types of limitations are good? (in my excitement, i typed why instead.)