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    The New YorkerHaruki Murakami1/21/1927 min
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    9.5
    The New Yorker
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    9.5
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    • jwigdor1 year ago

      Mukakami is a hot stone massage on my frontal lobe, and this vignette about wonder and learning is no exception.

      • bill
        Top reader of all timeScout
        1 year ago

        💥💯

    • TripleG
      Reading streak
      1 year ago

      Fantastic story

    • mads1 year ago

      As humans, we tend to want to over explain everything. This is what that means, this is what that means. reading this piece reminded me of the futility of explaining and understanding a dream. The process itself might be interesting, but the result is often just a jumble. But maybe that’s enough, maybe we don’t need to understand. Maybe we just need to try and imagine the circle with infinite centers and no circumference

      • Pegeen
        Reading streakScoutScribe
        1 year ago

        Fantastic comment! It is like when you explain a dream - brilliant!

    • Pegeen
      Reading streakScoutScribe
      1 year ago

      I found this compelling story telling, yet it drove me nuts. I wanted more, some kind of explanation. But that’s the hook. The same kind of formula On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl. I liked that story, too, but I’ll have to try another of his, as the technique may wear thin.

    • bill
      Top reader of all timeScout
      1 year ago

      Wonderful little short story. I need more time to think about “the boring and the worthless,” because I’m not sure if I agree that such a concept exists. Then again, I surely believe in “the cream of life,” so I guess that must mean that there’s plenty of non-cream too. (But boring and worthless? Those are strongly negative terms!)

      There’s nothing worth getting in this world that you can get easily.

      Truth. I love how Murakami repeats himself if something is important. Even if it’s obvious. That’s the point, perhaps. We need to spend more time looking at and thinking about super-obvious stuff. Otherwise we forget.

    • deephdave
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      1 year ago

      Your brain is made to think about difficult things. To help you get to a point where you understand something that you didn’t understand at first. And that becomes the cream of your life. The rest is boring and worthless.

      • bill
        Top reader of all timeScout
        1 year ago

        🆙

        When we truly love somebody, or feel deep compassion, or have an idealistic sense of how the world should be, or when we discover faith (or something close to faith)—that’s when we understand the circle as a given and accept it in our hearts.