If you’ve ever read Japanese author Haruki Murakami’s magical realist fiction — filled with characters like a six-foot-tall “superfrog,” a human data processor named Calcutec, and a cat killer who makes flutes out of cats’ souls — and wished someone would turn his bizarre world into a video game, you’re in luck.
Following up on the essay I wrote about the ZERO1 Fellowship sponsored by Google, I wanted to speak with someone with a wider perspective on the shifts that have taken place in the past few decades in the arts, particularly shifts that relate to the interface between art and the marketplace. Martha Buskirk came to mind as an ideal interviewee.
Japanese author Haruki Murakami’s latest book, 1Q84, has become a blockbuster hit in the author’s native country, but the English edition is still forthcoming. As a preview, Knopf has released images of the book’s cover, by famous graphic designer Chip Kidd. Using transparent vellum as a jacket, the cover represents the book’s engagement with alternate realities.