Got a copy of Monkey magazine with my monkey on it!
Jon Klassen meets Motoyuki Shibata!
The editor of this magazine is one of my favorite people in the literary world. His name is Motoyuki Shibata. He teaches western literature at Tokyo University and has written many books on short stories from the English-speaking world. Through his books I discovered Italo Calvino, Paul Auster, Raymond Carver, Nicholson Baker, Barry Yourgrau and also the artist Glenn Baxter. His essays have been sort of a comfort blanket for me, a reliable set of wings to fly over the English/Japanese language abyss that I find once in a while. His charming, often very funny, always insightful views on literature go perfectly with Jon Klassen’s works and, when I think of it, of course it is perfectly natural that these two come together!
I hear Jon Klassen is going to Tokyo soon. I hope he meets Motoyuki Shibata and I hope the encounter is somehow recorded….