Haruki Murakami

That Murakami Quote

You know the one. It’s quoted all the time:

“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.”

Whenever I see this quoted, I see Haruki Murakami’s name underneath the quote. However, he never said it. A character in his book said it and I highly doubt Murakami believes it.

I picked up Murakami’s 1987 book Norwegian Wood to discover the context for this quote. In this episode, I share information about the character who made this quote, the context in which it was said, and why it bothers me so much. Think of it as a short, fun rant.

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