A new hour-long doc about Haruki Murakami: the elusive, exceptional, so-called ‘post-modern’ writer who sold over 100,000 copies of his latest novel, 1Q84, before it hit the shelves. A feat unsurprising considering the 40 languages his books have been translated into, not to mention his adoring fan base from his native Japan—a few of whom are featured in the video for their chance to swoon for the camera in his name.
He doesn’t do media appearances, but agreed to have a telephone conversation with the BBC for this film on the grounds that they would not use his actual voice. So they had an actor perform the conversation.
Murakami does elaborate on his unrelenting resistance to the limelight, and describes the moment he believed he could write a book. They also traverse to a sheep farm he spent time at in his early years and explore his love for jazz. Check it out.
Men in the Cities - Men Trapped in Ice, 1980
Charcoal and graphite on paper, 60 x 40 inches each panel
Three photographs of nuclear tests, and two large scale drawings by Robert Longo from his series, “The Sickness of Reason”.
Untitled, Robert Longo, 1981
I first saw this as a postcard that my roommate got for me, and then in person as an exhibition exploring the connections between Art and rock and roll. It’s still just as striking to me now as it was then, especially seeing it in person. There’s just something about larger than life charcoal drawings…