How long does Murakami think the game of literature can last? “I think serious readers of books are 5% of the population,” he says. “If there are good TV shows or a World Cup or anything, that 5% will keep on reading books very seriously, enthusiastically. And if a society banned books, they would go into the forest and remember all the books. So I trust in their existence. I have confidence.”

I like imagining an underground society of book lovers that sneaks into the wilderness to hold secret discussions about literature.

“I think he dedicates himself to the writing … When he’s not writing he goes around the world, but when he’s writing he goes nowhere”
— Haruki Murakami on one of his favorite writers, Kazuo Ishiguro

pine-needles-underfoot:

There is this scene in this book where Nao is washing her great grandma’s back and having a heart to heart in the sulfur pools near the mountain temple where Jiko lives and I’m just crying about this nbd

If you have read the book, you will understand. (Nao’s great grandmother Jiko is the best.)

alexandra-smyth:

So honored to be one of the 2014 recipients of the Poets and Writers Amy Award. Selections from the winning submissions, including my poem, “Bloom” are available to read on the Poets and Writers website. 

Big congrats to my friend, alexandra-smyth!

What other developed countries probably think about us #America

(via myimaginarybrooklyn)

“There’s nothing sadder than cyberspace…”
— Ruth Ozeki, A Tale for the Time Being
“We should see color. We should see religion. We should see homosexuality. We should see gender identity. We should see all the things that make people and the world different and not pretend that we are colorblind or that one story is enough to represent a whole group of people.

But we should also remember that most people have the same kinds of feelings and wants. Everyone wants to be the hero sometimes.”

simchiyin:

published this weekend: portrait for TIME on Zheng Yanliang, the farmer who amputated his own leg, a vignette on China’s healthcare. Story by Emily Rauhala. With thanks to Michelle Molloy! 
http://time.com/3308073/china-healthcare-crisis-amputation-health-insurance-zheng-yanliang/

Stories like this lead me to believe that China is already living the dystopian future.