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Haruki Murakami will DJ a lockdown radio show

The author will go live on Murakami Radio and here’s how to tune in

Since Haruki Murakami’s breakout novel—Norwegian Wood—went on to receive international acclaim, the world has gotten to know his wistful kind of writing. His novels explore love and loss, are haunting yet somehow hopeful, and a lot of them lean heavily on music and nostalgia to draw the reader in. 

Murakami uses a combination of intimate human experience, introspection, and harsh realism in his stories. Then he throws them all in with American rock and roll, a good deal of jazz, and a whole lot of crazy (think homicidal actors, a strange fixation with ears, and a mysteriously absurd Sheep Man).

So that must make him a good host for a radio show, right? 

Well, yes, in part. But before becoming an author, Murakami’s first job was at a record store, and he also ran a jazz club with his wife prior to his first novel. When you put all of that together, along with his ability to navigate complex human emotions and situations in his writing, and you’re going to get one hell of a show.

Murakami Radio will go live on Tokyo FM on May 22, 10:00-11:55 pm Japan time. (That’s 9:00-10:55 pm around these parts.) And you can listen in through this link.

This (and maybe some Japanese beer from the fridge if you’re not under the liquor ban) could be what we all need while we stay indoors and wait for the quarantine to end.