Matthew Cook

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A full excerpt from Life on Other Planets

So a year on from Pulp Idol I am making slow headway on the rest of the book, and thought it only fair to upload the full chapter. You can also read it in the Pulp Idol Firsts 2017 book here on Issuu or in print from Amazon and Waterstones Liverpool.

 

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Pulp Idol 2016: I’m in the final

This year is the 10th anniversary of Liverpool writing festival Writing on the Wall’s novel writing competition, Pulp Idol. Long story short: I entered. Heat’s yesterday. I’m in the final!

I read the first three minutes of Chapter 1 from my work in progress novel Life on Other Planets, and against some stiff competition I was picked alongside Helen Walsh to go through.

So if you want to see me quivering in fear and sweating horribly whilst mumbling the first three minutes again at the final, clear your diary for Fri May 27, venue TBC.

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/

 

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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