Matthew Cook

Short fiction and other stuff

Month: March, 2016

Listen to me reading Marble on Macguffin

Macguffin from Comma Press is brilliant. If you don’t know about it, find out now because it’s ace. Basically you can upload yourself reading your own stories so the world can listen and hate your accent as much as your friends do. Check out me reading my story Marble here and rate my accent as you see fit:

https://macguffin.io/matthew-cook/marble/listen/

You can read it on there too:

https://macguffin.io/matthew-cook/marble/read/

 

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William Gaddis in the Paris Review (1986) predicting the financial collapse of 2008

An old blog article from a long while ago that I thought I’d reblog because I quite liked it:

GADDIS
….I’m frequently seen in the conservative press as being out there on the barricades shouting: Down with capitalism! I do see it in the end as really the most workable system we’ve produced. So what we’re talking about is not the system itself, but its abuses, I don’t mean criminal but the abundant abuses just within the letter of the law. The essential question is whether it can survive these abuses given free rein and whether these abuses are inherent in the system itself. I should think it is perfectly clear in my work—calling attention, satirizing these abuses—that our best hope lies in bringing things under better and more equitable control, cutting back the temptations to unmitigated greed and bemused dishonesty . . . in other words that these abuses the system has fostered are not essential, but running out of moral or ethical control can certainly threaten its survival.
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