December 12, 2006

On seeing the 100% perfect t-shirt

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at December 12, 2006 11:23 PM

I was reading wigu when something improbable happened: I actually noticed a banner ad. (My brain's banner ad filter has been extremely good since about 1997.) It was an ad for t-shirt shop Seibei, and the reason I noticed it is that it had a list of topics which included "Murakami". Of course this was Haruki Murakami, one of my favorite writers (as opposed to pulp novelist Ryu Murakami). Sadly, the shirt in question doesn't appeal to me—I guess I'm not that fond of sandwiches.

The shirt is a reference to the (very) short story, "On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning", which can be found online and which you should all read. It can also be found in the collection The Elephant Vanishes. He's got a new collection of short stories out, which I haven't picked up yet (because it's still in hardcover), but I'm looking forward to it.

There was an interview with Murakami recently in the Wall Street Journal (via JSpur), but I'm pretty sure it's behind their subscription wall so I can't link to it.

In conclusion, better Murakami t-shirts are needed.

UPDATE: Here's the WSJ piece, thanks again to JSpur.

Tags: Books, Internet

That's definitely a very good short story (though a bit sad).

I should have a prospective SURF student drop by any minute. Ah, recruiting.

Posted by: Mason | December 13, 2006 3:46 PM
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