The Colorless Murakami

Here are a few thoughts I had while reading Haruki Murakami’s current novel Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage. A book I didn’t hate, but didn’t particularly like, either. This includes hints at major plot points, so be warned if you care about spoilers.  This is the first time the prose of a …

//www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/FJuaAWrgoUY Doppelgängers as characters seem to be in vogue at the moment. There is of course the magnificent series Orphan Black, starring Tatiana Maslany as half a dozen clones. Richard Ayoade’s The Double, starring Jesse Eisenberg and based on the  Fyodor Dostoyevsky novella, is getting a wider release this summer. Tonight, Zebra Kino in Konstanz is showing Enemy, directed …

God we fuck up teenagers’ heads. We tell them that biological conditions are moral punishments and then we get all shocked when they don’t practice rational risk management of biological conditions. We teach them “sex is super desirable and all the cool kids do it, and it’s hideously shameful and will destroy your life” and …

Sex and gender journalists ask our sources to bare highly personal details that others find painful to discuss even in private. Our subjects are not compensated when they tell us their stories. Instead, comments sections around the Web compile the most heinous reactions to their private lives, written by the world’s foremost anonymous bigots. Our …

There are only two types of men who are upset that they need permission before they can have sex: rapists and potential rapists. name-em-shame-em (via thisgingersnapsback)

It seems clear that the new industrialism wants monogamy: it wants the man as worker not to squander his nervous energies in the disorderly and stimulating pursuit of occasional sexual satisfaction. Antonio Gramsci. Selections from the Prison Notebooks. New York: International (2010) 305 Written by Gramsci in Italian prison in  the 1930s, there’s still a lot …