"...into the stratosphere."
We're chuffed to announce that the first issue of Monkey Business: New Voices from Japan is one of the "Seven Great Lit Mags of 2011," according to the Luna Park Review.
We're twice-chuffed to yawp 'cross rooftops about Issue # 2 of Monkey Business, which is just now barreling down the tarmac. Barring bird strikes and other unnatural hazards, MB 2 will be fully airborne in late Feb./early March.
Plans are now set for a team of Japanese writers, editors and artists to soar into NYC from Tokyo and join select American authors for a week of launch events in Manhattan and Brooklyn during the first two weeks of May.
You can read the Luna Park review of Monkey Business and six other gems here:
Thanks to the efforts of translator Ted Goossen and the editors of A Public Space, 2011 readers were introduced to the acclaimed Japanese literary magazine Monkey Business, edited by Motoyuki Shibata (curator, along with Roland Kelts, of the Focus: Japan portfolio in APS 1). According to Stuart Dybek’s letter inserted into the issue, “Each year, a magazine of highlights from issues of Monkey Business will appear in English translation via A Public Space…. The first issue features poetry, manga, a wide-ranging, in-depth interview with Haruki Murakami, fiction from Hideo Furukawa, a beautiful sequence of vignettes by Hiromi Kawakami, and much more.” The extensive, 50+ page interview with Murakami by Furukawa is enough in itself to make the issue a must-read. Adding Furukawa’s own story “Monsters,” Yoko Ogawa’s mesmerizing and disturbing “The Tale of the House of Physics,” and a manga comic based on Kafka’s “The Country Doctor,” sends the issue into the stratosphere.