west wall

“You know the myth of Orpheus. He goes to the underworld to look for his deceased wife, but it’s far away and he has to undergo many trials to get there. There’s a big river and a wasteland. My characters go to the other world, the other side. In the Western world, there is a big wall you have to climb up. In this country, once you want to go there, it’s easy. It’s just beneath your feet.”

-Haruki Murakami

Thanks to the Comic, I read this “interview” which contains the quote above.

I’m afraid it isn’t that easy for me. Am I western?

Books / Haruki Murakami Interview

Just finished The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. I didn’t understand it fully, but all that weirdness makes me feel alive and delirious.

It is quite astonishing.

Found here, his interview on Salon.com.

An excerpt:

Q: You say that imagination is very important in your works. Sometimes your novels are very realistic, and then sometimes they get very … metaphysical.

A: I write weird stories. I don’t know why I like weirdness so much. Myself, I’m a very realistic person. I don’t trust anything New Age — or reincarnation, dreams, Tarot, horoscopes. I don’t trust anything like that at all. I wake up at 6 in the morning and go to bed at 10, jogging every day and swimming, eating healthy food. I’m very realistic. But when I write, I write weird. That’s very strange. When I’m getting more and more serious, I’m getting more and more weird. When I want to write about the reality of society and the world, it gets weird. Many people ask me why, and I can’t answer that. But I recognized when I was interviewing those 63 ordinary people — they were very straightforward, very simple, very ordinary, but their stories were sometimes very weird. That was interesting.

Death / Evolve

From The Wind-up Bird Chronicle (Haruki Murakami)

“If people lived for ever – if they never got any older – if they could just go on living in this world, never dying, always healthy – do you think they’d bother to think hard about things, the way we’re doing now? I mean, we think about just about everything, more or less – philosophy, psychology, logic. Religion. Literature. I think, if there were no such thing as death, that complicated thoughts and ideas like that would never come into the world…so we need death to make us evolve. Thats what I think. Death is this huge, bright thing, and the bigger and brighter it is, the more we have to drive ourselves thinking about things.”