We’re back with a new season of A Murakami Minute! This go around we’re reading and discussing Haruki Murakami’s short story collection, The Elephant Vanishes.

In today’s episode, we talk about the first two stories in the collection, The Wind-Up Bird and Tuesday’s Women, and The Second Bakery Attack. We discuss how the first story is a part of Murakami’s most famous novel, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. We also go over our feelings on the translations (which are done by different translators) and how they change the writing styles of the stories. 

DBS #56: Appreciating Pulp Fiction Writers Drunken Pen Writing Podcast

We cover a lot of topics in this one. We start off by discussing Professor Tolkien's view on escapism and what we think about people who use entertainment as a means to escape their lives for a bit. That transforms into a quick conversation about media personalities who purposely say and do outlandish things to garner attention.  When we finally get to the topic at hand, we have a wonderful discussion about how underappreciated we feel classic pulp writers are. Writers like Robert E. Howard, Raymond Chandler, Ian Fleming, and H.P. Lovecraft. Then Spencer takes things to a controversial level by naming who he thinks is the greatest living American author. This opens up a whole new discussion that gets really fun. Check out our fiction at http://www.drunkenpenwriting.com You can also follow us on Twitter @drunkpenwriting On Instagram @drunkenpenwriting And like us on Facebook @drunkenpenwriting
  1. DBS #56: Appreciating Pulp Fiction Writers
  2. A Murakami Minute: The Elephant Vanishes Part 2
  3. DBS #55: The Best Fantasy Characters Of All Time
  4. A Murakami Minute: The Elephant Vanishes Part One
  5. #93: Talking About Character Motivations


  1. Awesome that you guys are doing more Murakami Minutes! I enjoyed listening to the talks you did for “First Person Singular.” And I’ll give this new one a listen. I was introduced to “The Second Bakery Attack” on Levar Burton’s podcast — he did a fantastic job of narrating the story.

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    1. Glad to hear you enjoy the episodes! We should be able to get into more detail with this series as these stories are much more Murakami like compared to First Person Singular. We’ll also have to check out that Burton podcast. He’s awesome 😁

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