Lately I am reading Haruki Murakami’s work and the most current is After Dark. I cannot explain why this odd scribble drawing emerged as a skateboarder from that story. The novel does not introduce this character, so obviously I am making it up on my own. He seems to belong in the disturbing, strange atmosphere of darkness and detail created by Murakami. I was referring to work like After Dark and the Wind Up Bird Chronicle as Japanese Magical Realism. But they refer to fiction as weird as this as Slipstream. It is not sci-fi, it is not magical realism, it is slipstream, broadly defined as the fiction of strangeness.