Haruki Murakami on cults and 9/11

From an interview with Reuters (click here to read the whole thing): “I think people are gradually starting to understand and accept the realness of unreal things. To me, September 11 (2001) does not feel like an incident that took place in the real world. There must be a world somewhere that this didn’t happen…..

Cults are a mini-system within the system of a nation. I am very interested in how some people have to choose that system…..What we as novelists are trying to do, and what those pursuing religious cults are trying to do, are the same, which is to explore values that are different from those that exist.”


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