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Monday, July 19, 2010

I Wonder What Human Flesh Tastes Like by Justin Isis

My friend, author Quentin S Crisp, has an important announcement to make.

Dear Readers,

My name is Quentin, but please call me Quentin S. Crisp. I have had the privilege of being interviewed on this blog in the past, and now I would like to address you directly. For some time I have been in correspondence and creative collaboration with Justin Isis, guest writer on this blog. A significant overlap in our aesthetic concerns led us to found the dadaoist blogzine, Chômu. Catching the westering rays of that dying blog (which will perhaps rise again), and taking its name therefrom, a new celestial body has appeared in the publishing firmament: Chômu Press.

The first publication from Chômu Press, now available, is my macabre
bildungsroman, Remember You're a One-Ball!

However, I would most especially admonish readers to look forward to a forthcoming publication, Justin’s debut collection, I Wonder What Human Flesh Tastes Like. If you are a glamorous model for a Japanese fashion magazine, a famous dancer, or Kanehara Hitomi, and think you might want to read the book with a view to providing a blurb of recommendation for the back cover, please get in touch with us for preview copies.

Otherwise, I hope you will simply look forward with piqued curiosity to further announcements. In his acceptance speech for the Nobel Prize, Kawabata Yasunari said the following:

The Zen disciple sits for long hours silent and motionless, with his eyes closed. Presently he enters a state of impassivity, free from all ideas and all thoughts. He departs from the self and enters the realm of nothingness.

This is not the nothingness or emptiness of the West. It is rather the reverse, a universe of the spirit in which everything communicates freely with everything, transcending bounds, limitless.

Yoroshiku onegai itashimasu,

Link to announcement on Chomu's Press official website.

Guestblogger Justin is most remembered for his 2005 blog post, In Defense of Fanfiction: Guestblogger Justin Goes Robin Hobbnobbing, which was a rebuttal against fantasy novelist, Robin Hobb. The post remains the most-commented, and one of the most-read entries of this blog. Last year Quentin interviewed Justin on this blog too.

I've made numerous efforts to let people of the local literary circle read Justin's works, but to no avail. I have high standards, so I generally don't promote mediocre stuff, even if they were by friends. And I think I'm well-read enough to make an objective observation that Justin's not a talentless hack. Anyway, you can read some of his short stories here, here and here.