I know how fiction matters to me, because if I want to express myself, I have to make up a story. Some people call it imagination. To me, it’s not imagination. It’s just a way of watching.”
By Jessica S. Manuel
This list includes more than 26 of Haruki Murakami’s short stories, essays, and interviews published in The New Yorker and other online publications that date all the way back to 1990. There are hundreds of pages of reading here to satisfy readers of the English translation while we wait for his new collection of short stories due out in April, Men Without Women. And in case you haven’t heard, a new novel is set to release in Japan in January.
These Haruki Murakami short stories and essays are available to read online for free. Keep in mind, if you don’t have a subscription to The New Yorker, then you are only able to read 6 stories per month for free. That is their limit, which is pretty generous. As fans and students of Murakami know, many of these stories find their ways into his longer works. They do stand alone and are fun to read independent from the novels they accompany. The eight interviews below are from a variety of different online publications. Like the librarian with an insatiable appetite in Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, there is no need for you to limit your consumption of these.
Reading Murakami’s short stories, essays, interviews, and advice column is only the beginning. Book Oblivion is offers an online course series that explores the theories and philosophies behind each of Haruki Murakami’s bizarre worlds that we know and love. Participants explore everything from magical realism to psychoanalysis to deconstruction to hyperreality to time to mythology and everything in between.
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- Samsa in Love
- The Town of Cats
- U.F.O. in Kushiro
- A Shinagawa Monkey
- The Year of Spaghetti
- Where I’m Likely to Find It
- Hunting Knife
- The Folklore of Our Times
- Ice Man
- Toni Takatini
- A Poor Aunt Story
- Honey Pie
- Man Eating Cats
- New York Mining Disaster
- Another Way to Die
- Zoo Attack
- Barn Burning
- The Elephant Vanishes
- The Wind Up Bird and Tuesday’s Women
- TV People
- Boston, From One Citizen of the World Who Calls Himself a Runner (The New Yorker)
- The Running Novelist: Learning How to Go the Distance (The New Yorker)
- The Moment I Became a Novelist
- The Novelist in Wartime
- The Fierce Imagination of Haruki Murakami
- The Paris Review: The Art of Fiction: No. 182
- Surreal often more real for writer Haruki Murakami
- The Salon: Haruki Murakami
- An Interview with Haruki Murakami
- When I Run I Am in a Peaceful Place
- ‘Gatsby’ the gold standard for Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami
- Haruki Murakami
- The Best of Haruki Murakami’s Advice Column
- Haruki Murakami’s advice column is surrealist and sweet and so, well, Murakami
- Haruki Murakami’s advice column has become and 8-volume book
- Secrets and advice: Haruki Murakami responds to readers’ questions online
As you probably know, this list is far from exhaustive. I also really appreciate the speech Murakami gave in Jerusalem while accepting the Jerusalem Prize for Literature, “Always on the side of the egg” and his more recent comments in his acceptance speech for the Hans Christen Andersen literary award, “Haruki Murakami cautions against excluding outsiders.” I’d love to hear your thoughts on these speeches or any of Haruki Murakami’s short stories, essays, or interviews listed above.
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Jessica S. Manuel earned her B.A. in English with an emphasis in Critical Theory and a minor in Theological Studies from The Master’s University. She went on to earn her M.A. in English (Literature) from San Francisco State University where she studied 19th-20th Century Literature with a special studies emphasis in Critical Theory. After examining the intersections of psychoanalysis and contemporary literature, she wrote her thesis on Haruki Murakami’s use of the unconscious in Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World. After finishing her degree, she continued her education at University of California, San Diego where she studied Teaching Adult Learners and literature. She offers online adult literature courses for life-long learners through Book Oblivion Academy and also teaches writing and literature courses at the college level.