Mission log: Day 29. This is a tribute to Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84, which I’ve been reading/listening to the audiobook of.
A person’s life may be a lonely thing by nature, but it is not isolated.Haruki Murakami - 1Q84
Everything passes. Nobody gets anything for keeps. And that’s how we’ve got to live.Haruki Murakami - Hear the Wind Sing (via murakamistuff)
Brook Benton - Rainy Night in Georgia
"… Today was a miserable scorcher, so we’ll just beat the heat with some good-time rock! Chase it right out of mind. Check this out: that’s what good music’s for, baby! Just like a pretty girl. OK, out first number. Just settle back nice and quiet and give this a listen. A real mellow song. Forget all about the heat. Here’s Brook Benton with ‘Rainy Night in Georgia.’"
— Haruki Murakami - Hear the Wind Sing
Knowledge is a precious social asset.Haruki Murakami - 1Q84
Dance Dance Dance
April was too lonely a month to spend alone. In April, everyone around me looked happy. People would throw their coats off and enjoy each other’s company in the sunshine—talking, playing catch, holding hands. But I was always by myself.Haruki Murakami - Norwegian Wood
「世界の終わりとハードボイルド・ワンダーランド」 村上春樹 新潮社 読了。
"Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World” Japanese Edition
Many Japanese think their language is so unique that foreigners cannot grip its essence, its beauty or its subtlety. And if some foreigner claims that he has grasped that essence, nobody believes him. One reason they think that way is because Japan is a very homogeneous country that has not been occupied by other countries except for a brief period after World War II. Its culture was not threatened by other cultures. So the Japanese language has been isolated. It has been isolated for maybe 2,000 years. That’s why Japanese are so certain about its uniqueness, its nature, its structure, its function. I think what some young Japanese writers are doing is trying to break, to destroy, that stubbornness, to rebel against that certainty.Haruki Murakami
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, German edition