Matthew Simon Alexander holds an MA in Contemporary Literature and Culture from the University of Manchester. He is currently undertaking a PhD English at University of Liverpool, where he also acts as Postgraduate Student Representative. His research focuses on David Foster Wallace's interaction with Wittgenstein's philosophies, throughout his works, in relation to "thought experiments," and the potential rise this gives to manipulations of space, boundaries, and representations that are marked by prevalent cultural notions of gender.
Queer and Transgender Representation, and the Queering of Language in the Works of David Foster Wallace: So What [is] the Exact Pernt to that Like [?] - http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/luminary/issue5/index.htm
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Discovering them is the easy part, the difficulty is stopping myself from downloading too many. I tend to go off the look of a book's cover, not very selective but that's the hook for me. A book could be great but if the cover doesn't interest me, I won't look further at it.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was what eventually became my novella, The Way of the World. It was my first foray into serious writing and it was written at a deeply metafictional level - and so was extremely unreadable.
Mia and Alan Pleasure, sadistic, psychotic and highly dangerous drugs barons who operate out of Manchester, UK., happen upon a highly addictive new drug that looks set to make them a fortune as contemporary Western society’s obsessive relationship with consumption and the pursuit of pleasure and ‘happiness’ reaches dangerous, and disturbing, new levels.
How convenient was it to have access to an almost endless supply of labour, free labour – slaves by any other name? How just was it to put a man to trial, when that man had no right to speak in defence of himself in court? Just how many of the countless ‘convicts’ sent to the ‘new world’ by the British legal system were actually guilty of the crimes they were accused of?
An anonymous narrator... An anonymous boy... An anonymous girl... None extraordinary... None connected... Does anyone even care?
The Way of the World: A Novella is an experimental work dealing with the complications of narrative voice.