300 short stories:: story 190

story: “Birthday Girl” author: Haruki Murakami year: 2006 where: at the campus cafeteria (started on Tuesday, paused, finished on Wednesday) note: intense déjà vécu a line: “When the owner's meal was ready at eight o'clock, she pushed the room service cart into the elevator and rode up to the sixth floor.”

300 short stories:: story 189

story: “Man-eating Cats” author: Haruki Murakami year: 2006 where: in palestra note: a reread, a favorite, a fantasy! a line: “The wind was the wind at the edge of the world. An inescapable retro color filled the place. It made me feel as if I were being quietly swallowed up by an alien reality, something foreign and … Continue reading 300 short stories:: story 189

300 short stories:: story 188

story: “The Year of Spaghetti” author: Haruki Murakami year: 2006 (originally 2005 in The New Yorker) where: home, bed note: Murakami just loves to weave in a mention of spaghetti in his long and short fiction; and this story (and his year of cooking and eating alone) makes me feel so content with my love of solitude. … Continue reading 300 short stories:: story 188

300 short stories:: story 186

story: “Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman” author: Haruki Murakami year: 2006 where: midday and golden note: I love Murakami's introduction to this collection. He writes, "My short stories are like soft shadows I've set out in the world, faint footprints I've left behind." a line: “My cousin lived nearby, but I was just over a decade older than him … Continue reading 300 short stories:: story 186

300 short stories:: story 182

story: “Men Without Women” author: Haruki Murakami year: 2017 where: golden chaise note: I haven't picked up this collection since summer 2017. a line: “I already know what it is to be the second-loneliest man on earth. But I still don't know what it is to be the loneliest. A deep gulf separates the second and the … Continue reading 300 short stories:: story 182