Reid Matko is creating A novel entitled "A Popular Tale"
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The Project

The project I am presently engaged in and seeking support for is a short novel (225 pp) entitled A Popular Tale. I currently have a working draft of the first-half and am embarking on a draft of the second. My past works include a seven-text collection of fictions entitled Christmastown, which made the short-list of finalists for the 2015 Ronald Sukenick award from FC2. Excerpts from that collection have been appearing for a while now, an excerpt from one of the major texts was recently featured in Innovative Fiction Magazine,

http://www.innovative-fiction-magazine.com/2015/04/from-christmastown-by-reid-matko.html

With a correction published here–

http://schismletternetpress.blogspot.com/2015/07/...

Although yet unpublished, the book itself is available for your review in PDF format here–

http://letternetpress.com/christmastown/

Some explicative and theoretical writings of mine can be found here at SCHISM–

http://schismletternetpress.blogspot.com/

And here–

http://letternetpress.com/christmastown/christmas...

I have also privately published a a short collection of poetry entitled Rhymes in Reason. It is available for review in PDF format on the LetternetPress site–

http://www.letternetpress.com

A Society of Friends

The democratization of patronage has long been a dream of mine and I am excited by this opportunity. Mine is the kind of art that takes time to complete, so what I can offer any potential patrons would consist mainly of drafts and notebooks, as well as any and all publications. My goal is to establish a society of friends who would function as my primary audience. Publication in todays environment is a joke unless you produce something that adheres to commercial strictures. I could sell 40,000 copies of something (a run-away bestseller!) and still be waiting tables. I am seeking an alternative...

I am looking for any financial help, although ideally I would prefer those who are willing to make monthly or yearly investments in myself and my work. I've always said that if I could find 100 people willing to give me $15-$20 per month I could support myself and dedicate myself fully to my writing. A dream which I hope can finally comes to fruition.

Mine are not easy texts, they aren't entertainments but valorize anxiety over stasis. Literature is something no longer valued by this society; literary revolution has gone the way of static entertainment. I've endeavored to create prose styles, not just to mimic the dominant, conventional prose styles, which I like to refer to as Capitalist Realism, believing that the material organization of language reproduces conceptions of the mind. I believe that being ego-based the conventional forms of fiction are inadequate representations of human subjectivity. I believe that they exist to reflect and reinforce certain such inadequate conceptions and ideological conventions, based as they are on 19th. c forms which, assumed, function as cookie-cutter templates: it's like a coloring book, the outlines of subjectivity are provided for you and all you have to do is color individually within the lines. This 'coloration' would constitute your 'voice'. Indeed, the familiarity of the prose, of its codes, makes of it a kind of 'cognitive mapping', but not of space around you but of subjective space, the space in you, which is in reality a projection (like a Moebius strip the inside becomes outside and vice versa). This cognitive mapping functions as a mapping of the shape, of the form of your subjective being, teaching you what to identify with (ego-ideal/ideal-ego), how to desire, what to think (unicity, ego/I, self-identical self), how to present and to represent the static ideal of continuity and consistency. All of which means that for me such prose is dead on arrival. I believe that new prose styles are called for and see the 20th c as the laboratory for just such styles. I am attempting to produce adequate representations of human subjectivity following in the wake of psychoanalysis and quantum physics. As you might imagine it has been difficult to place my work, although acceptance of it is slowly building. I want to point out that my work is not 'experimental', but fully realized.

My Influences

My influences are many, my three major concerns being the same as Flaubert's self-stated three major concerns– musicality of phrases, transition from phrase to phrase, and repetition, although I view them in a slightly different light, from a slightly different perspective (for instance, whereas Flaubert sought to avoid repetition I use it as a mode of assemblage). In fact, I like to situate my work in the tradition of innovative fiction from Laurence Stern to Gustave Flaubert, to James Joyce, Andrei Bely, Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Edmond Jabès, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Monique Wittig, William Burroughs, and Philippe Sollers, among many others, by way of the Roland Barthes of "From Work To Text". Simply stated, there simply is no longer a viable market for anything but fiction as entertainment (literary fiction being merely pulp with pretensions). I don't write in the journalistic-memoir tradition of a Twain (my favorite U.S. writers are Edgar Allan Poe, Rowland Evans Robinson, Robert E. Howard, S.L.A. Marshall, and William Burroughs); but do believe, as Alain Robbe-Grillet has stated, that any literary revolution will always be carried out in the name of realism. I consider my writing to be of the utmost importance and am asking you to become a supporter of it.

Predictions are fickle companions, but I predict a five-year completion date for A Popular Tale. This is not quick work; I am on a long road. Literature, serious literature, has been my priority and passion for almost 40 years now, and I've dedicated my life to it; I have no family, and work only enough to support my writing. I believe literature to be a fundamental way of human knowing, and well worth any investment. Please consider this appeal and proposal. I think of myself as a cultural worker of the first order.
If you are interested in becoming a patron I can easily send you a copy of the first-draft of the first half of A Popular Tale.

A Popular Tale

A Popular Tale is a short novel structurally-based on form of the Gospel of Matthew, that is, it includes a genealogy, a childhood, growth, learning, temptations, parables, teaching sections, narrative sections, and a trial. While ostensibly a bildungsroman it is as well a guide to living and a disquisition on human subjectivity; how it comes about and how it is structured. Utilizing the ideas of Michael D. Goulder, of his conception of the genesis and function of the Gospels, of a community and society organized around festivals, it presents the social matrix and its influence on the individual and, subsequently, the rebellion of the individual. It inscribes the void, nothing, the Other, since the structure of subjectivity bears a tacit and necessary relation to God/Other. It inscribes and deals with the nature of temporality/memory (which possesses a social function), the acquisition of language (being anti-language instinct I refer to the ideas of Michael Tomasello, among others), sexual theories of childhood (Sigmund Freud, Jacques Lacan, Melanie Klein, Julia Kristeva); in short, how we become sexed, speaking animals and what kind of life we can lead.
So it is a story, in the form of a guide-for-living, of a birth, a childhood, an education, of reaction to the world, to being prosecuted. Why the Gospel? Partly as a play on my name, Matko being a form of Matthew, it also allows me to mix teaching and narrative sections. But more so because it has been and remains the central narrative of our society, the central premise of which is sacrifice, being iterated in myriad ways in our personal lives, our political struggles, and our moral theater, even to the struggle for a purposeful life, your personal mission, the very truth of your desire.
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$0 of $20,000 per Yearly support.
The democratization of patronage has long been a dream of mine and I am excited by this opportunity. Mine is the kind of art that takes time to complete, so what I can offer any potential patrons would consist mainly of drafts and notebooks, as well as any and all publications. My goal is to establish a society of friends who would function as my primary audience. Publication in todays environment is a joke unless you produce something that adheres to commercial strictures. I could sell 40,000 copies of something (a run-away bestseller!) and still be waiting tables. I am seeking an alternative...

I am looking for any financial help, although ideally I would prefer those who are willing to make monthly or yearly investments in myself and my work. I've always said that if I could find 100 people willing to give me $15-$20 per month I could support myself and dedicate myself fully to my writing. A dream which I hope can finally comes to fruition.
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The Project

The project I am presently engaged in and seeking support for is a short novel (225 pp) entitled A Popular Tale. I currently have a working draft of the first-half and am embarking on a draft of the second. My past works include a seven-text collection of fictions entitled Christmastown, which made the short-list of finalists for the 2015 Ronald Sukenick award from FC2. Excerpts from that collection have been appearing for a while now, an excerpt from one of the major texts was recently featured in Innovative Fiction Magazine,

http://www.innovative-fiction-magazine.com/2015/04/from-christmastown-by-reid-matko.html

With a correction published here–

http://schismletternetpress.blogspot.com/2015/07/...

Although yet unpublished, the book itself is available for your review in PDF format here–

http://letternetpress.com/christmastown/

Some explicative and theoretical writings of mine can be found here at SCHISM–

http://schismletternetpress.blogspot.com/

And here–

http://letternetpress.com/christmastown/christmas...

I have also privately published a a short collection of poetry entitled Rhymes in Reason. It is available for review in PDF format on the LetternetPress site–

http://www.letternetpress.com

A Society of Friends

The democratization of patronage has long been a dream of mine and I am excited by this opportunity. Mine is the kind of art that takes time to complete, so what I can offer any potential patrons would consist mainly of drafts and notebooks, as well as any and all publications. My goal is to establish a society of friends who would function as my primary audience. Publication in todays environment is a joke unless you produce something that adheres to commercial strictures. I could sell 40,000 copies of something (a run-away bestseller!) and still be waiting tables. I am seeking an alternative...

I am looking for any financial help, although ideally I would prefer those who are willing to make monthly or yearly investments in myself and my work. I've always said that if I could find 100 people willing to give me $15-$20 per month I could support myself and dedicate myself fully to my writing. A dream which I hope can finally comes to fruition.

Mine are not easy texts, they aren't entertainments but valorize anxiety over stasis. Literature is something no longer valued by this society; literary revolution has gone the way of static entertainment. I've endeavored to create prose styles, not just to mimic the dominant, conventional prose styles, which I like to refer to as Capitalist Realism, believing that the material organization of language reproduces conceptions of the mind. I believe that being ego-based the conventional forms of fiction are inadequate representations of human subjectivity. I believe that they exist to reflect and reinforce certain such inadequate conceptions and ideological conventions, based as they are on 19th. c forms which, assumed, function as cookie-cutter templates: it's like a coloring book, the outlines of subjectivity are provided for you and all you have to do is color individually within the lines. This 'coloration' would constitute your 'voice'. Indeed, the familiarity of the prose, of its codes, makes of it a kind of 'cognitive mapping', but not of space around you but of subjective space, the space in you, which is in reality a projection (like a Moebius strip the inside becomes outside and vice versa). This cognitive mapping functions as a mapping of the shape, of the form of your subjective being, teaching you what to identify with (ego-ideal/ideal-ego), how to desire, what to think (unicity, ego/I, self-identical self), how to present and to represent the static ideal of continuity and consistency. All of which means that for me such prose is dead on arrival. I believe that new prose styles are called for and see the 20th c as the laboratory for just such styles. I am attempting to produce adequate representations of human subjectivity following in the wake of psychoanalysis and quantum physics. As you might imagine it has been difficult to place my work, although acceptance of it is slowly building. I want to point out that my work is not 'experimental', but fully realized.

My Influences

My influences are many, my three major concerns being the same as Flaubert's self-stated three major concerns– musicality of phrases, transition from phrase to phrase, and repetition, although I view them in a slightly different light, from a slightly different perspective (for instance, whereas Flaubert sought to avoid repetition I use it as a mode of assemblage). In fact, I like to situate my work in the tradition of innovative fiction from Laurence Stern to Gustave Flaubert, to James Joyce, Andrei Bely, Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Edmond Jabès, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Monique Wittig, William Burroughs, and Philippe Sollers, among many others, by way of the Roland Barthes of "From Work To Text". Simply stated, there simply is no longer a viable market for anything but fiction as entertainment (literary fiction being merely pulp with pretensions). I don't write in the journalistic-memoir tradition of a Twain (my favorite U.S. writers are Edgar Allan Poe, Rowland Evans Robinson, Robert E. Howard, S.L.A. Marshall, and William Burroughs); but do believe, as Alain Robbe-Grillet has stated, that any literary revolution will always be carried out in the name of realism. I consider my writing to be of the utmost importance and am asking you to become a supporter of it.

Predictions are fickle companions, but I predict a five-year completion date for A Popular Tale. This is not quick work; I am on a long road. Literature, serious literature, has been my priority and passion for almost 40 years now, and I've dedicated my life to it; I have no family, and work only enough to support my writing. I believe literature to be a fundamental way of human knowing, and well worth any investment. Please consider this appeal and proposal. I think of myself as a cultural worker of the first order.
If you are interested in becoming a patron I can easily send you a copy of the first-draft of the first half of A Popular Tale.

A Popular Tale

A Popular Tale is a short novel structurally-based on form of the Gospel of Matthew, that is, it includes a genealogy, a childhood, growth, learning, temptations, parables, teaching sections, narrative sections, and a trial. While ostensibly a bildungsroman it is as well a guide to living and a disquisition on human subjectivity; how it comes about and how it is structured. Utilizing the ideas of Michael D. Goulder, of his conception of the genesis and function of the Gospels, of a community and society organized around festivals, it presents the social matrix and its influence on the individual and, subsequently, the rebellion of the individual. It inscribes the void, nothing, the Other, since the structure of subjectivity bears a tacit and necessary relation to God/Other. It inscribes and deals with the nature of temporality/memory (which possesses a social function), the acquisition of language (being anti-language instinct I refer to the ideas of Michael Tomasello, among others), sexual theories of childhood (Sigmund Freud, Jacques Lacan, Melanie Klein, Julia Kristeva); in short, how we become sexed, speaking animals and what kind of life we can lead.
So it is a story, in the form of a guide-for-living, of a birth, a childhood, an education, of reaction to the world, to being prosecuted. Why the Gospel? Partly as a play on my name, Matko being a form of Matthew, it also allows me to mix teaching and narrative sections. But more so because it has been and remains the central narrative of our society, the central premise of which is sacrifice, being iterated in myriad ways in our personal lives, our political struggles, and our moral theater, even to the struggle for a purposeful life, your personal mission, the very truth of your desire.

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