But who can say what’s best? That’s why you need to grab whatever chance you have of happiness where you find it, and not worry about other people too much. My experience tells me that we get no more than two or three such chances in a lifetime, and if we let them go, we regret it for the rest of our lives.Haruki Murakami - Norwegian Wood
Looks like a totally ordinary guy," says Komugi. "The ordinary-looking ones are the most dangerous," says Kaoru, rubbing her chin. "They carry around a shitload of stress.Haruki Murakami - After Dark
Most people look at cats and think ‘what a life’ — all we do is lie around the sun, never having to lift a finger. But cats’ lives aren’t all that idyllic. Cats are powerless, weak little creatures that injure easily. We don’t have shells like turtles, nor wings like birds. We can’t burrow to the ground like moles or change colors like a chameleon. The world has no idea how many cats are injured every day. How many of us meet a miserable end.Mimi; Kafka on the Shore
Naoko from Norwegian Wood
"There was just one moon. That familiar, yellow, solitary moon. The same moon that silently floated over fields of pampas grass, the moon that rose—a gleaming, round saucer—over the calm surface of lakes, that tranquilly beamed down on the rooftops of fast-asleep houses. The same moon that brought the high tide to shore, that softly shone on the fur of animals and enveloped and protected travelers at night. The moon that, as a crescent, shaved slivers from the soul—or, as a new moon, silently bathed the earth in its own loneliness."
— Haruki Murakami - 1Q84
(Artwork: Moon 2001 by Takashi Murakami; submitted by callmeklimt)
Italian publisher Giulio Einaudi Editore have contacted us about a Pinterest board they created to celebrate the Italian release of Haruki Murakami’s non-fiction book Portrait in Jazz.
It’s a collection of 54 actual portraits of jazz musicians drawn by the artist Wada Makoto, each one accompanied by a literary portrait by Murakami, who endorses an album from his own LP collection for each musician.
The Pinterest board collects all the covers of the albums endorsed by Murakami in the book and each picture is usually linked to a song from that album on YouTube. There’s also a link to a 5 hours playlist on YouTube that puts together most of the music discussed in the book.
I’ve always done whatever I felt like doing in life. People may try to stop me, and convince me I’m wrong, but I won’t change.Haruki Murakami - What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
The silence grew deeper, so deep that if you listened carefully you might very well catch the sound of the earth revolving on its axis.Haruki Murakami - Kafka on the Shore
An interchangeable, totally semiotic telephone box, Sputnik Sweetheart