A while back I wrote a short reaction to discovering the short story writer Jack Matthews.
Here is some critical material I wrote about Jack Matthews:
- Jack Matthews: Author which the Internet Forgot
- Jack Matthews: The Art and Sport of Book Collecting
- (more to come; hopefully, the next two essays will be more about art and culture and less about economics.)
As an aside, I was tempted in my book collecting essay to “bet on” the books by Jack Matthews by spending 100$ to buy extra copies of his books (which are available for only pennies). For the heck of it, I’ve decided to track the prices of Matthews’ book, starting with the day his interview came out.
I was doing it just to prove a point, but I’m afraid readers might view it as a conflict of interest. Of course, it’s a conflict of interest; that is the point! Finally, I decided against it because 1)I am at heart a cheapskate and 2)it just would distract the reader too much from the essay itself.
Although I find many of Jack Matthew’s ideas fascinating, the economic/capitalistic parts strike me as rather trivial in the grand scheme of things. To put it in another way: because everyone worries and writes about money and profitability, there is little value for me to write about it. (These kinds of thought pieces go out of date quickly anyway). On the other hand, opinions about the Great Depression or the craft of writing or how to assign names to literary characters strike me as instrinsically interesting to the contemporary reader.
I’ll post more later (and might even post things directly on this blog). But for now I just wanted readers to know what I am doing elsewhere.
Prices on Jack Matthews books (February 25, 2010)
Collecting Rare Books for Pleasure and Profit
Dubious Persuasions: Short Stories
Storyhood As We Know It: And Other Tales
Tales of the Ohio Land
Dirty Tricks: Short Stories
Sassafras by Jack Matthews