Written by Kojin Karatani, ” Koujin Karatani Statement Collection: Dialogue Edition
The last one is a book by Koujin Karatani. It is a compilation of conversations with various people. I’ve been in love with Mr. Karatani for a long time. I’m still reading his books. This book is different from his other works in that it is a dialogue with various people, so it covers a wide variety of topics and is easier to read than his own writings.Some of my favorites, such as Komimasa Tanaka and Ryuichi Sakamoto, also appear in the book, and even if you don’t know someone like Yoko Tawada, you can get interested in her by reading her dialogues.
I’ve been hanging out with Mr. Karatani for about 30 years now. When I used to get drunk, I used to talk about Karatani all the time. I was quite disliked.
Mr. Karatani, he calls himself a critic, but his books are basically difficult. lol. Especially the early ones. I was always frustrated, but sometimes I thought, “Oh! I don’t know why I hadn’t heard of him before, but he says such exciting things. The only way to find out is to read them, but reading them will cheer you up.
■Which of Mr. Karatani’s books should I read?
Let’s not read the early ones. It’s too difficult to understand. I recommend the ones from the 2000s. Especially “The Structure of World History” is full of suggestions for the future.
To borrow Mr. Karatani’s words, what lies beyond the current capitalist world? From now on, we will not be exchanging goods for money, but sharing with each other. If we give, we must give back, and that is the kind of world we will have to live in. I dare say it’s socialism. Scandinavia is like that. Taxes are high, but they provide medical care, education, and a guarantee until death. That is what the people want and they get it. Each and every citizen has his or her own demands for the government.
It is perhaps inevitable that I came across Karatani’s book when I first became interested in design. Under the influence of Mr. Karatani, I began to want to react to everything that surrounds me, including philosophy and religion. By doing so, I am trying to test what I do not know about myself. For example, I look at the chair in front of me and say, “What do you think of this?