| Jul 28, 2014
| 9:28 AM
There is more than a fortnight to wait for Haruki Murakami's new novel, "Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage," but today fans can get a taste at Slate. A review of the book that had been posted by The Guardian early Monday has been...
| Aug 24, 2011
| 10:27 AM
Earthquakes are the expression of a living planet, the earth's way of re-inventing itself. But while this knowledge may be consoling in the abstract, it's not very useful in the face of a catastrophe such as the quake and tsunami in Japan. At these times,...
| Oct 23, 2011
Haruki Murakami, translated from the Japanese by Jay Rubin and Philip Gabriel
Alfred A. Knopf: 926 pp., $30.50
Here's an unorthodox suggestion: Try to read Haruki Murakami's "1Q84" in as close to a single sitting as you can. It won't be...
| Sep 30, 2011
| 12:26 PM
It's tempting, looking at the fall's books, to think of this as a political season. Dick Cheney got it started with "In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir," and Joe McGinnis pitched in with "The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin." (That...
| Dec 6, 2011
David Guterson has won 2011's Bad Sex in Fiction Award. The tongue-in-cheek prize was presented at a ceremony in London on Tuesday. As in years past, the award-winning author was not in attendance.
Guterson was awarded the prize for writing a marathon...
| Nov 11, 2011
| 3:17 PM
Here's an unorthodox suggestion: Try to read Haruki Murakami's "1Q84" in as close to a single sitting as you can. It won't be easy — the novel clocks in at 926 pages and is often densely allusive, if readable throughout.
Still, there's something...
| Oct 8, 2010
| 9:05 AM
As the Chicago Marathon is upon us, I find myself thinking of places where books and running-- two major aspects of my life-- overlap.
Initially, these two great loves of mine didn't intersect much at all. While running did clear my head and put me in...
| Nov 21, 2010
Luka and the Fire of Life
Random House: 224 pp., $25
Once upon a time, in a literary galaxy in the distant past (say, the 1990s), before Harry the boy-wizard had expecto-ed his patronum and vanquished He Who Must Not Be Named...
| Nov 16, 2010
| 4:33 PM
The Beatles catalog coming to iTunes may not save anybody real money -- as one astute blogger tweeted, Amazon is selling the beautiful "Beatles Stereo Box Set" for twenty bucks cheaper than Apple's download version -- and whether a rush......
| Dec 29, 2010
| 4:36 PM
Tod Caviness here, with a bite-size roundup this week. (Translation: Not a lot of announcements in the week between Xmas and New Years.) - Been awhile since I caught up with Russ Golata and the Poetry Ensemble of Orlando. They'll be doing an open mike and...
| Jan 31, 2011
| 4:34 PM
Haruki Murakami's much-anticipated 1Q84 will be published in America in October 2011....