I've gone quiet in my post-Murakami reading madness and I'm not entirely sure why. I'm certain it is related to Murakami. I've read no fiction in the interim but have managed to plow through nine different yoga texts for a work-related project. I'm treading lightly on my Murakami brain, tentatively flexing my Murakami muscle, or some such other horrible analogy that does not do his work justice or clarify my silence.
I will say this: I miss it.
Which is why: I've only read a few pages of After Dark so I can somehow hold onto this thing that I miss before the big wave of 1Q84 hits. I will savor it this weekend in prep for the release of 1Q84 next week.
Also: I have a feeling I should re-read Orwell's 1984. Overkill?
Until then, the Murakami marketing engine has produced some excellent linkage that I'd be remiss not to share:
- Knopf's Spotify list for 1Q84
- An interview with Jay Rubin, Murakami's longtime translator, in which he says: "I think it’s a pretty feeble pun, this whole thing, this Q."
- The design for 1Q84 is more beautiful than I had imagined.
- The Harvill Seker UK version is also very lovely.
- Knopf Tumbled an intriguing "quotagraphic" from 1Q84
- Sonny Mehta says that "At its core, 1Q84 is a spectacular love story..." Hmmm.