If you’re anything like me, Midori Kobayashi is probably the only character in Haruki Murakami’s novel Norwegian Wood whom you’d want to meet.
She lives above, and has access to, a bookstore that hardly ever opens. She’s “the kind of girl you notice” and often gets tipsy over whiskeys or a few Tom Collinses. Almost every sentence out of her mouth is part of an elaborate, enigmatic lie. She’s a woman who seeks out our protagonist, Toru Watanabe — an introverted, deeply scarred lit major — and plays the brazen romance shark to his wet fish. She teases Watanabe, asking repeatedly when he’ll take her to a porno theater. By the time we find out that Midori’s father isn’t visiting Brazil, as she insisted, but is dying a slow death in a nearby hospital, we are a little bit in love with her. When we see the deep sadness that has caused her outward-striking behavior, she’s even more of a complex joy.
We were watching the Westminster Dog Show in the Flood offices the other day when this bizarre creature walked on-screen and eventually won “Best in Show.” After doing some research, we confirmed that it is, in fact, a dog. Its name is Malachy and he’s a Pekingese.
Apparently, he prefers chicken and rice over steak.
Apparently, Google is coming out with an “entertainment device.” You mean…it gets better? We already thought Google+ was pretty damn funny. Err,entertaining.