Richard Makin is a writer and artist. He studied painting at Camberwell and the Royal Academy. His publications include the novels Mourning (Equus Press) and Dwelling (Reality Street). An excerpt from Work, a novel in progress, appeared in the anthology A Screw In The Shoe (Golden Handcuffs Review). He lives in St Leonards on the south coast of England.
‘but he could at least see how the books were laid out—in brief clumps of symbols separated by stars. [. . .] each clump of symbols is a brief, urgent message—describing a situation, a scene. We Tralfamadorians read them all at once, not one after the other. There isn’t any particular relationship between all the messages, except that the author has chosen them carefully, so that, when seen all at once, they produce an image of life that is beautiful and surprising and deep. There is no beginning, no middle, no end, no suspense, no moral, no causes, no effects. What we love in our books are the depths of many marvellous moments seen all at one time.’
Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse 5