*Richard Makin’s essay “Makimonos” was recently published in a screw in the shoe Anthology of Challenges (Golden Handcuffs Review). Composed as a series of reflections on Makin’s writing methods, the text can also be read as a defence of unorthodox and experimental approaches to fiction, including such works as Louis Armand’s panoramic novel The Combinations, which was shortlisted for The Guardian‘s 2016 Not-the-Booker Prize.
Imagine the outskirts of a vast, futuristic city whose interior is unreachable, for you are consigned forever to its margin, a zone of permanent electrical storms, acid rain and the wreckage of past conceits.
Accepting and encompassing banality — all this is obvious, I know — circumscribing many voices, invited or otherwise. And are you a part of it? Yet at the same time to remember (this is difficult). And the Everlasting Clocks — and the reckoning of the tide, the moon and the stars. And there are films. And there is the wireless, with its pumping, beating valves.