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Murakami’s Uncanny Doors of Perception

Murakami’s Uncanny Doors of Perception

 One of the most consistently interesting writers of the last twenty years is Haruki Murakami, the Japanese dynamo whose novels defy categorization. Well, actually, they can be categorized under a rubric all their own. Murakamism, let’s say. By that I mean . . . the strange and surreal dislocation of humans and their interactions approaching the gateway. The gateway being the door into or out of another dimension, a hidden world, for a moment.   In most of his novels,…

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Six Degrees of Symbolism

Six Degrees of Symbolism

Watched Rio Bravo the other night. You remember. The story that just wouldn’t die for Howard Hawks. Good film, made three times. Rio Bravo; El Dorado; and Rio Lobo. Added backstory each time. Complications. As John Wayne aged, the younger characters gained more importance. From Ricky Nelson, to James Caan, to Christopher Mitchum, son of Robert, who starred in the second film. The cast grew over time, and the core story of “The Exchange” was embellished, nearly hidden. Why bring…

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