This is Shigekuni’s place, welcome. He is a scatterbrained poet, whose accent betrays his teutonic origins. That’s right, he’s half-German, half Russian and writes predominantly in English. He studied literature but they wouldn’t even give him a T-Shirt for it, nor has the world decided to award his self-sacrifice to culture with a proper job. He’s now writing a phd on American poetry (on Lowell, Bishop and Berryman) and invests his spare time in reading even more than before and writing reviews about what he read. If you want to support him in doing so, you could click on the paypal “Donate” button, which you can find in the column on the right of this blog. He will read anything provided it has a nice cover and is not written by Paolo Coelho or Terry Goodkind. He likes poetry mostly because it appeals to his short attention span. He also watches an insane amount of TV. Sundays he gets loaded and takes part with three to five smart cookies in Bookbabble, a podcast about books. If you’re interested, well, you’re lucky, because he posted a few episodes here. If you want to take part, you’re welcome. Email him (see below for means to contact me).
He reads mostly at night which explains the lack of things he remembers about the books in question. Good examples of this can be found on this blog, which contains reviews, god-awful poems and quotes by smart people to make him look good. If you’re interested to know why it’s called as it is, click here. The explanation is both reliably self-absorbed and reliably arrogant. Yes, he is the irate troll that lives under your shelf and makes it rumble when you buy a bad book and put it there. He writes poems whenever the fancy takes him, preferably in public, in a Starbuck’s, on a laptop. He also likes and reads a lot of philosophy but he’s insufferable, really, about it, so don’t ask him. You could ask him why he never wears pants when he goes out but be sure you want to know the answer. He listens to music, because he has no talent in making it, but he paints pictures although he doesn’t have any talent for it. He loves a good party, too. He loathes bad parties and will leave a punitive Coelho in your apartment if you invite him to one. He responds least well to insufferably boring rock music. Hence, do think twice about putting on that Goo Goo Dolls / Mando Diao record.
He loves books, really. He wants you to read more Arno Schmidt, Julián Ríos, William Gaddis, Thomas Bernhard and John Wray. And he demands you read more poetry.
You can contact him at shigekuniblog (at) rocketmail (dot) com
Or on skype. His skype name is shigekuni.wordpress
He’s really everywhere.
There’s a plethora of things on his blog, many of them related either to books or some vaguely political issue that annoyed him enough to annoy you, in turn. If you are looking for anything specific, do use the search box to your right (if it doesn’t work, take the wordpress one in the top right corner of the page). It will lead you to your goal quickest. As a service to his readers, he has shoved all posts into all kinds of categories, which you can find on the right side of the screen. Since there are lots and lots of them, it’s a very long list, so they might be hard to navigate. However, the drop down box (directly below the ‘search box’) may be helpful in this regard. He is open to suggestions and will accept review copies of novels and poetry, as well as poetry scholarship. Also donations (see column to the right).
Feel free to browse. Leave a comment. Buy him dinner. Or cake. Yes, especially that one.