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Haruki Murakami

Running From the 'Blerch'

Linda Flanagan | Posted 12.02.2014 | Books
Linda Flanagan

Non-runners don't get it, but Matthew Inman, aka "The Oatmeal," does. In offering strategies for how to stick with it, he provides advice that's familiar to anyone who has ever struggled to maintain athletic or dietary discipline; "shut up and run" is a ruder variation of Nike's spot-on campaign to "just do it."

Don't Judge a Book by Its Cover

Allison Hill | Posted 07.13.2014 | Books
Allison Hill

I've found that many booksellers, when faced with the sometimes daunting task of deciding what to read next, have developed their own idiosyncratic "strategies." Often secret, until now.

Running a Marathon With Haruki Murakami

Natalie Rinn | Posted 10.31.2013 | Travel
Natalie Rinn

Early in October I flew to Minneapolis and ran my first marathon. It's astounding to me how many people do this on a regular basis because it really is a long way to run. What I want to talk about, though, is how I ran my first marathon with Haruki Murakami.

Bizarre Love Triangle: Me, Murakami and The Great Gatsby

Kalliope Lee | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Kalliope Lee

Murakami's books have for me served as a commentary on Gatsby. I read his work as if with a Gatsby divining rod, alert to allusions embedded in his narratives, which confirm my understanding of the classic.

7 Quirky Ways to Find Inspiration on a Deadline

Lauren Taylor Shute | Posted 11.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Lauren Taylor Shute

One of the great struggles of any creative profession is coming up with an ingenious and original idea in a timely manner. Lightning strikes of inspiration are often few and far between, which makes it hard to convince people to give you money for your ideas.

Japanese Readers Line Up For New Murakami Book

AP | YURI KAGEYAMA | Posted 04.15.2013 | Books

TOKYO -- Japanese readers are flocking to buy Haruki Murakami's latest novel, even though almost nothing has been disclosed about the book by one of t...

New Murakami Book Out This Year

Posted 02.19.2013 | Books

Haruki Murakami has a new book coming out in April, according to Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun. Since his last book, 1Q84, he has been translati...

Is It Possible To Predict Nobel Prize Winners?

AP | KARL RITTER | Posted 10.06.2012 | Science

STOCKHOLM -- Guessing who will win a Nobel Prize is a bit like forecasting the stock market: Experts don't seem to do it any better than laymen. So i...

First Steps Toward the Dark Side

Rachael Berkey | Posted 08.28.2012 | Books
Rachael Berkey

I'm made uncomfortable by my shadowy thoughts of getting rid of my shelves and shelves of books and just carrying around an e-reader forever. Imagine how much easier it would be for me to move?

How (Not) to Write a Sex Scene

Isabel Kaplan | Posted 02.01.2012 | Books
Isabel Kaplan

An incredible number of literary heavyweights have been insulted with spots on the Bad Sex shortlist over the past 19 years. Which begs the question: Has sufficient attention been paid to the art of writing sex scenes?

Literary Seductions

Allison Hill | Posted 11.29.2011 | Books
Allison Hill

I once slept with a man because he gave me a copy of Murakami's The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. Before you judge me, read the book. It's lyrical and seductive and changes the way you think about reality, about life.

Why Everyone Else Is Wrong About 1Q84

William Ambler | Posted 12.20.2011 | Books
William Ambler

Haruki Murakami's 1Q84 is not a modest endeavor. The narrative and its mysteries needs to be the selling point here: however, the prose is generally pedestrian.

A Japanese Murakami Movie Scored By Part Of Radiohead Is Coming To The U.S.

The Huffington Post | Mallika Rao | Posted 12.14.2011 | Home

We just got word that "Norwegian Wood," the 2010 Japanese movie scored by Jonny Greenwood, and based on the 1987 Haruki Murakami novel, is headed for ...

The Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2011

Anis Shivani | Posted 12.11.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

As usual, fall is when the big guns come out. Exciting novels by major writers like Ha Jin, Haruki Murakami, Umberto Eco, Jeffrey Eugenides and Russell Banks.

Faulkner, Hemingway, Hesse...And Dylan?

Time | Posted 12.05.2011 | Fifty

Bob Dylan as a Nobel Prize winner likely isn't a common conversation in mainstream America. But there is no questioning the singer's impact on pop ...

Murakami Returns With An Excerpt From '1Q84'

The Huffington Post | Gazelle Emami | Posted 10.29.2011 | Home

Haruki Murakami is slowly making his way to our shores. The New Yorker has an exclusive excerpt (nine whole pages!) from Murakami's hotly anticipated ...

What I Talk About When I Don't Talk About Running

Janet Turley | Posted 10.22.2011 | Healthy Living
Janet Turley

It was sometime when the needle stuck in my metatarsal joint, filling it with cortisone, that I blurted "maybe I should pick another sport."

Amazon Editors' Top 10 Fall Books

Posted 10.09.2011 | Books

Amazon.com has announced a top ten list of books for the fall. Chris Schluep, a Senior Editor at Amazon.com books, calls it "one of the best seasons f...

Do Books Influence Where You Go On Vacation?

Posted 09.27.2011 | Books

Like movies and TV, books have a way of reaching into our subconcious and taking hold, influencing our decisions on everything from what to wear, what...

PHOTOS: Art Inspired By Famous Authors

flavorwire.com | Posted 09.14.2011 | Books

Few headlines will draw our attention faster than “Pin-ups based on Haruki Murakami books.” Little did we know that Super Punch’s post would lea...

Reading Retreats: How To Get Away From Everything But Your Books

salon.com | Drew Grant | Posted 09.11.2011 | Books

I'll be absent from these pages for the next four weeks while I hole up in a cabin far from both the Internet and reliable cell phone reception. Whene...

The Power Of Meditative Running

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 07.22.2011 | Healthy Living
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

I knew I had to do something to get my health, weight and stress level back on track, but run? I had never willingly run in my life, except during the dreaded annual Field Day at P.S. 203!

Highly Anticipated Haruki Murakami Novel Gets October Release Date

GalleyCat | Jason Boog | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Knopf publicity director Paul Bogaards revealed that Haruki Murakami's highly anticipated three-volume novel will come out October 25 in a single volu...

Japan's Top Lit Translator Comes to NYC: Gangster Fables

Barry Yourgrau | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Barry Yourgrau

I'll have the pleasure of doing a bilingual reading on Thurs. Dec. 9 in New York with my good friend Motoyuki Shibata who is visiting from Japan. We...

Weekend Reads

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Last weekend, you told us about the books that you couldn't wait to read. We had too many responses to fit everything into one slide show, so here are...