January 21, 2015
Contextless answers from Haruki Murakami’s advice column
by Julia Fleischaker
- “I’ve wished that I could be the wind, but I’ve never wanted to be a cat. I’ve also never wanted to be a chikuwabu.”
- “I saw when the Chili Peppers took the stage during Bruno Mars’ Super Bowl halftime show. They still rock. It’s amazing that they seem like they never grow up. Humans always mature before you know it, so we have to be careful.”
- “The last member of the human race will be Toshiko Nekoyanagi. And then there will be nothing.”
- “That’s quite unfortunate. Maybe it’s some kind of genetic predisposition. Personally, I’m doing quite well in that area. Sorry.”
- “I hope you’ll pardon me for saying so, but I think belching is far better than farting. Perhaps you should think of it that way.”
- “Writing is like courting a woman. To some degree you get better with practice, but fundamentally you’re either born with the ability, or you’re not. Anyways, keep doing your best.”
Murakami’s advice column can be found here. Contextless answers were taken from the unofficial English translations here.
Julia Fleischaker is a former director of marketing and publicity at Melville House.