Discussing Murakami within the Japanese literary tradition is in itself rare. He is, by his own admission, less well-loved in Japan than abroad.
Lin King is a writer and translator from Taiwan. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Joyland, The Margins, and SLICE, among others, and she has won the PEN/Robert J. Dau Prize. She is currently pursuing an MFA at Columbia University, where she also teaches first-year writing.