5 Spot After Dark — Series Introduction

5 Spot After Dark, The Series, sat in draft for a while: beside me, in front of me, following me throughout the day, for some time as I pondered what to do with it.

The title grabbed me and held on. I felt passionately attuned. Within the title I could see the tails of related topics that interconnected thematically and conceptually throughout Murakami’s stories and life, in general.

Intuitively, I knew it was bigger than one post could do justice. Little did I know I would have a highly meaningful (for me anyway) multi-part series in my hands.