Soft Boiled Wonderland…and the Edge of a Milky World

Have you ever read Haruki Murakami? I became a fan of his while I was living in Tokyo – books like his A Wild Sheep Chase and Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World would simultaneously thrill and scare me. Imagine, reading all about subversive, quirky and mysterious plots involving a subterrainian Tokyo world… while you are riding on the subway in Tokyo. It was kind of weird and I kind of really liked it.

Early Tom Robbins reminds me of Murakami. Still Life with Woodpecker? To me, that’s pure Murakami, with a funny American twist. They have the same sort of surreal, twisted logic that makes you kind of look at everything and…wonder.

Well, and yes – I think I am going somewhere with this! – this baby-business of milk/pumping/nursing and whatnot puts me in this kind of Murakami space. Like I could be in my twenties, sitting and drunkenly talking about the “meaning of life” – only I’m not drunk, I’m not in a bar, I’m not in my twenties, and I’m not with anyone else (besides the baby, anyway). I’m just spending a whole lot of time alone and looking at a wall. I get into that world where Murakami and Robbins make a whole lot of sense.

Moving on, the object of my madness:

IMG_6851 Oh yeah, he’s  intensely cute. I don’t need to say anything so obvious as “it’s his saving grace” or “that’s just a baby’s survival tactic”

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 “Evolutionary: survival of the fittest, and the it’s the cute that win.” Because everyone knows that stuff, right?

IMG_6862 This little guy though. Yeah. He’s cute. A soul that was born old.

IMG_6864He makes the world seem mad, crazy – and magical. All in one fell Murakami/Robbinsesque swoop

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Maybe I’ll be back tomorrow with something else.

Or maybe I’m going to be off chasing sheep in Hokkaido.

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So… if you don’t hear from me, you’ll know where to find me.

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Meriah

is a deaf blogger, global nomad, tech-junkie, cat-lover, Trekkie, Celto-Teutonic-peasant-handed mom of 3 (one with Down syndrome and one gifted 2E).

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