By Martin Cathcart Froden
The femur meets the tibia to form the main knee joint. This joint has an inner and an outer compartment. The kneecap joins the femur to form a third joint, the patellofemoral joint.
Murakami’s first sentence meets the second to form the first paragraph, soon becoming the nub, soon becoming the shoe-rub of running. The paragraphs have inner and outer compartments, which we struggle and are pleased with. Some of this is to do with the writer’s intentions, some with the translation.
The writer is writing about writing, and as a reader and a writer, I am in both worlds. Everything is nestled, parts joining parts to form a third hinge, an overarching relationship between running and writing.
The shoe meets the asphalt to form a series of spatial relationships. Moving with Murakami, we read, we run, we write, over pages and spaces.
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