Nov 24, 2015

Harmonious Reading

In Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, Murakami himself provides a hint of why he has been such a beloved novelist across the world.
One heart is not connected to another through harmony alone. They are, instead, linked deeply through their wounds. Pain linked to pain, fragility to fragility. There is no silence without a cry of grief, no forgiveness without bloodshed, no acceptance without a passage through acute loss. That is what lies at the root of true harmony.
We are flawed and vulnerable. We find very similar and therefore ‘real’ people in Murakami's books. We feel harmonious with those in the books and, hesitantly, with those sharing the books. What lies at the root of the popularity is his sensitivity and skillfulness to capture what we cannot easily recognize, describe, or share.

Apr 5, 2015

A Right Direction in Technology

I felt reassured after reading “iPhone Killer: The Secret History of the Apple Watch” on WIRED. It seems Apple is well aware of the nature of technology and the pressing problems in the smartphone era, for which Apple itself is in large part responsible. Technology in general should enhance human life, while its existence blends in the world and becomes inconspicuous.
Technology distracts us from the things we should pay the most attention to—our friends, moments of awe, a smile from across the room. But maybe a technology can give those moments back.
—David Pierce