Shane Eide is a part-time hermit, part-time flaneur, which means that he is either spending time on literary pursuits or taking walks and thinking about literary pursuits. He lives in a little room walled with books and sleeps near a big desk, on which he doesn't write since all the quiet is too distracting. He usually goes someplace noisy in order to write as much about fiction as he writes fiction.
He's been writing fiction since he was about 11, in which time he's written several novels that he never intends to publish and which no one will ever see, and several others that he wants to publish that he's read out loud to his gold fish. He's been writing what he supposes would be called non-fiction ever since he wrote "Shane was here," in easily erasable pencil on a desk in junior high.
You can read his essays and occasional fiction at his blog, www.emergenthermit.com
Whether the attempt of these varied thoughts, observations and apocalyptic dismissals are meant for entertainment or to keep one from taking everything so seriously, readers will find much to enjoy in this irreverent collection of aphorisms, maxims and writings on human behavior, art, history and politics.
In issue 5 of this magazine, politics are placed in the context of the apolitical, streetlights are seen as a cause of insanity. Machiavelli and Lao Tzu go head to head in the realm of occult politics, each one representing a different (if only in a nuanced way) theory of sovereignty.
A young, quiet couple who keep to themselves are thrilled to find a new apartment which matches their temperaments. But when they start to get complaints from the neighbors about noise and when their things begin to move around when they're away, they begin to wonder who's been in their home. But how did the intruder get in with the door still locked?