Did You Know? 7 Facts About Haruki Murakami

Did You Know? 7 Facts About Haruki Murakami

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Haruki Murakami is by far the most popular Japanese author alive, and yet he’s remarkably private. He’s famously reclusive and resistant to fame. He’s been married to Yoko Murakami since 1971, and she’s always been his first reader. He prefers that routine over having a circle of professional writing friends, citing his lifelong shyness.   There are scraps of his life available, though, for the curious fans out there. Here are some of the most interesting things I’ve learned about Haruki Murakami.   1. He ran a jazz bar in the 70s with his wife.   Image Via The Paris Review …

7 Authors For Whom I Have Genuine Romantic Feelings

7 Authors For Whom I Have Genuine Romantic Feelings

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Over the course of my life I have fallen in love with so many authors, and this is almost solely based on their ability to pen some of the most beautiful lines and prose that my eyes have ever had the pleasure to soak up. Whether these authors are alive or dead, attractive or ugly, male or female, I have developed a crush on almost every single one whose words have given me reason to mark a page. I call it unrequited reader love. With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, I wanted to compile a list of some of my main author crushes, complete …

Check Out What Music Your Favorite Authors Love

Check Out What Music Your Favorite Authors Love

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We know you’re always looking for new music. Instead of listening to your local public radio station to find out what the cool college kids are listening to (Hint: it’s probably Migos), let your favorite authors give you some recommendations. Here’s a round-up of some of the best authors’ best musicians. And, helpful as ever, I’ve compiled them all into a convenient Spotify playlist for your edification. Happy listening!     1. Stephen King – LCD Soundsystem   King is a huge music buff. He wrote a music column for Entertainment Weekly called “Must List” for years. In an interview …

Get Your Music Recommendations Here From Haruki Murakami!

Get Your Music Recommendations Here From Haruki Murakami!

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Haruki Murakami’s body of work is definitely eclectic. The characters are young, old, men, women, small, tall, etc. The settings range from Japan’s coastal villages to the bustling streets of Tokyo to the serene hills near Kyoto. Some may be tinged with the surreal while others bask in it.   But one thing that remains the same is Murakami’s singular taste in music. Here’s what he likes: The Beatles, Radiohead, classical music, and jazz. Those are the sorts of music Murakami listens to, and, honestly, that’s pretty close to my taste in music, though I am much less sophisticated.   …