"...alienation and modern living, loneliness and loss..."
I'm glad you've got something nice and cheery in your lap, getting you over the rough spots you've encountered recently.
I've been thinking that you should take up Bushido lately- you already rock a certain "quiet nobility" and the Code might give you the structure you've been craving.
Interesting that you should mention this, as I've just started rereading the book myself...two points of interest:
One, you should check out Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World if you haven't already- it has a similar dreamlike, woozy feel, though it's much more concise and explicable (and is transplanted to a sort-of science fiction setting).
And two, his latest novel (Oedipus on the Shore) is finally being released in English translation in January. I for one can't wait...
I did, in fact, pick up _Hard Boiled Detective and the End of the World_ this past Saturday. It's on my heaping pile of books to read. I may start it once I finish DeLillo's _Underworld_ (which is a weighty tome in and of itself). That reading bug bit me hard and fast. This sort of thing happens to me from time to time.