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I want to be Haruki Murakami when I grow up.


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Jan. 4th, 2005 07:34 pm (UTC)
I love Murakami, but you know, I don't know if I'd be terribly happy *being* him. I mean, all that incredibly acute sense of loss and depression in his work's gotta come from *somewhere.*
Jan. 4th, 2005 07:49 pm (UTC)
But, see, the stuff that I write has the same sense of loss and depression, just in another culture. I've been thinking hard about the difference between his "metaphysical reality" and the "magical realism" of Latino writers, and I think that the difference is not just the sense of loss and depression (because loss is central to a lot of magical realism too), but a coolness and detachment I don't have. I'm all about loss and tragedy, but I'm up to my elbows in it, squeezing it through my fingers like the makings for sausage, smelling the beginnings of the decay rather than having them washed away in his cool, flowing water.

But his stuff sounds so much more urban and relevant. I just need to figure out how that translates into my culture. I'm so happy that there's someone else out there who knows and appreciates. YAY!

The other thing is that I think it's possible to be a fairly happy person and write some deeply depressing stuff. My writing makes people cry, but in person, I am much more likely to make you shoot soda out your nose.
Jan. 4th, 2005 09:23 pm (UTC)
Let's just say this
Shooting soda out of one's nose will very likely lead to one crying, anyway. Bwahahahahha that's so funny OW DAMMIT THAT KILLS!

Fun for onlookers, though.

It just occurred to me that another way of saying "with coolness and detachment" is "dispassionate". I wonder why you think your writing is less relevant than his.

I think it's relevant, and the fact that the setting is not contemporary doesn't detract from that in the slightest. I feel more engaged and inspired by your passion, and how is it a bad thing to get people processing?
Jan. 4th, 2005 09:34 pm (UTC)
Re: Let's just say this
When I speak about "coolness," though, I'm not just talking about attitude. I'm talking about temperature. Many of his images are of water and of a sun that never seems to warm the characters. At the beginning of "A Poor Aunt Story," he offers images of people outside, of water, of statuary and then says "Summer had arrived." If he hadn't said it, you would never have gotten it in context. My character's thighs are likely to stick to their chairs, they probably smell and the heat does things to them.
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