Murakami on humour

I thoroughly enjoy all Paris Review interviews on “The Art of Fiction,” but this interview with Haruki Murakami by New York writer John Wray is outstanding. Murakami comments on his use of humour:

I like to write comic dialogue; it’s fun. But if my characters were all comic it would be boring. Those comic characters are a kind of stabilizer to my mind; a sense of humor is a very stable thing. You have to be cool to be humorous. When you’re serious, you could be unstable; that’s the problem with seriousness. But when you’re humorous, you’re stable. But you can’t fight the war smiling.

Gorgeous.

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