The Stickers Any Loyal Murakami Reader Will Really Want
June 20, 2014
Every time he mentions a weird ear fetish, slap a sticker on your novel.
The 2014 Summer Reading Guide
May 21, 2014
Pack at least one of these before you head out on vacation.
Why Nobel Prize Oddsmakers are Usually So Wrong
October 11, 2012
Here’s why the smart money is usually wrong when it comes to predicting Nobel Prize winners.
Habermas’ Optimism, Murakami’s Blandness, and the Death of American Labor: Today’s TNR Reader
July 23, 2012
Editor’s Note: We’ll be running the article recommendations of our friends at TNR Reader each afternoon on The Plank, just in time to print out or save for your commute home. Enjoy! How Haruki Murakami created the myth of his own originality. Threepenny Review | 13 min (3,205 words) Is the West witnessing a rise in anti-Muslim bigotry? An interview with Martha Nussbaum. Boston Review | 12 min (2,974 words) Could an Obama victory save American labor? Don’t count on it. Dissent | 12 min (2,959 words) Europe’s most famous philosopher is optimistic about the fate of his continent.
Stanley Kauffmann on Films: Troubled Worlds
January 25, 2012
The Front Line Norwegian Wood Khodorkovsky It used to be said that, paradoxically, a war film, even if its intent was anti-war, unavoidably conveyed excitements that were attractive. This paradox has seemed in recent years to be dwindling. For prime instance, Clint Eastwood’s companion films Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima were as bareboned and glory-free (yet appreciative) as possible. Generalizations are risky in this vast genre, but at least some relatively recent war films have tried to be unseductive. Such is The Front Line from South Korea.
Mr. Coffee and Mr. Fixit
March 13, 2010
Raymond Carver: Collected Stories By Raymond Carver (Library of America, 1019 pp., $40) Raymond Carver: A Writer’s LifeBy Carol Sklenicka (Scribner, 578 pp., $35) In the summer of 1984, the Japanese writer Haruki Murakami and his wife traveled to the remote coastal town of Port Angeles, Washington, to visit Raymond Carver in the glass-walled “Sky House,” overlooking the ocean, which he shared with his partner, the poet Tess Gallagher. It was more of a pilgrimage than a social call.
THE READ: We Are the World
February 09, 2010
A few years ago, the Mexican literary magazine Letras Libres asked me to write an essay about major trends in the last decade of American literature. The more I thought about what such trends might be, the less convinced I became that there even was such a thing as “American literature” anymore. The books that had interested me most in the late 1990s and early 2000s were by writers who were emigrants or members of minority ethnic groups: Ha Jin, Jhumpa Lahiri, Edwidge Danticat, Nathan Englander.