Haruki Murakami ~ The Trilogy of the Rat

Haruki Murakami‘s A Wild Sheep Chase serves as the culminating 3rd of his Trilogy of the Rat, preceded by Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball, 1973. The first two of the trilogy are out of print in English and are dearly priced if you want to get your hands on them. They are both, however, …

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Haruki Murakami ~ A Wild Sheep Chase

I’ve come to the end of my traversal of Haruki Murakami‘s novels at the beginning: his breakthrough novel in English, third of his Trilogy of the Rat, along with Hear the Wind Sing and Pinball, 1973, neither of which i’ve yet read, and both available for $250 or more, or as free pdf’s!) A Wild …

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Kris Saknussemm ~ The Humble Assessment

I’ve been a big fan of Kris Saknussemm‘s writing for a number of years now, starting with his brilliant novel, Zanesville, and continuing to read all his latest work. We became friends just after the release of his Reverend America, a road novel featuring an albino ex-child evangelist. Kris was the first person to ask …

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10th Annual From the Top Gala @ MIT Media Lab

The closing event of my Spring season was the 10th Annual From the Top Gala, held this year at the spectacular MIT Media Lab. Caitlin Cunningham took these and lots of other great pics of my treasured FTT crew.  

Bohumil Hrabal ~ Harlequin’s Millions

Just finished reading the latest available English translation of one of Bohumil Hrabal‘s works, Harlequin’s Millions lovingly done by Stacey Knecht in a comfortable paperback edition by Archipelago Books. It’s written in his inimitable style, a sort of laterally exponential stream of anecdote, internally narrated and recalled by a housewife and former actress now living …

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Haruki Murakami ~ 1Q84

Just finished reading Haruki Murakami‘s Magnum Opus, 1Q84, an 1100+ page-turner, if there ever was one. an epicurean thriller, a lesson in the primal, essential power of story and legend, alternate reality of the most exalted, Romantic type, an iconic love story, and as always in Murakami’s work, the connection between us all. I’ve now …

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