Murakami T: The T-Shirts I Love
By Haruki Murakami
Knopf, 9780593320426, November 2021, 192pp.
The Short of It:
A very different type of Murakami read.
The Rest of It:
Anyone who knows me well, knows how much I love Haruki Murakami. I love everything he has written. Not because his work is perfection but because his writing is ALWAYS a palate cleanser for me and always so different from what I’ve been reading. Murakami T – The T-shirts I Love delivered, as promised.
Among other things, Murakami collects T-shirts and decided to write about some of his favorite pieces. This might sound as interesting as cleaning the lint trap of your dryer, but let me tell you, it is all very interesting. His musings about why a shirt is memorable range from his admiration over graphic design, the message it’s attempting to convey, or how it captures a certain moment in time, like his many marathon t-shirts. I’ve never been a big graphic -shirt wearer but with each page, I could easily appreciate his observations.
My only criticism is that I read this review copy on my Kindle Paperwhite so the many photos were in B&W which took away from some of the design aspects he was attempting to call out. If you pick up this book, and you should, get a physical copy or read it on on iPad with the Kindle app.
Murakami’s books come every two years or so due to them being translated so I was happy to see this one while I wait for new fiction to drop.
Source: Review copy provided by the publisher.
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