And speaking of things Japanese in origin yet universal in application (you see, there is a method to our madness) here's the new Murakami novel to start off 2005 with. The expectations for this book are of such magnitude that the hyperbole surrounding its release is a bit over the top, but we'll give you this: it involves an "odyssey" where "Cats and people carry on conversations, a ghostlike pimp employs a Hegel-quoting prostitute, a forest harbors soldiers apparently unaged since World War II, and rainstorms of fish (and worse) fall fro the sky."
Chip Kidd goes berserk and creates the most heavily arti directed short story ever, in this over the top treatment of Haruki Murakami's short story, The Strange Library. You can some idea of what to expect here.
First Person Singular is the latest collection of short stories from Haruki Murakami. What more do you need to know? Well, how about that it includes two music themed pieces, "With the Beatles" and "Charlie Parker Plays Bossa Nova", the latter of which is the subject of the special secret cover illustration printed on the book itself (hidden by the dustjacket) which was quite a treat to discover hiding there. There are nine stories total, six of which have previously been published in magazine form (The New Yorker, etc.) and three of which – including the title track – appear here for the first time.