Monday, October 27, 2008

On Madore

Who would have thought, three years ago, that P.H. Madore would outlast Jeff T. Kane?

I recently said somewhere that I think Andy Riverbed is the most talented writer I know of under the age of 25. I think Madore is the most ambitious writer under the age of 25. Many times, his dedication comes close to matching that ambition. And if I was trying this hard when I was 18-21, I’d be someplace different now that I’m 30.

And yes, his temperament is oh so fiery. Witness his latest discussion with Dave Clapper in the blog post underneath this one. I’m glad I don’t have to deal with it any more. There once was a period of time, as I was in the midst of rejecting what he claims to be 100 different submissions (I should dig up the actual number), that I had to publically absorb the wrath of Madore on a weekly basis. There were many who used the word “hate” in regard to Madore. Fortunately, the 18 year old was no match to the superb debate skills of the lawyer’s son. At some point I bought Madore surf and turf and maybe he realized I was being genuine when I kept telling him that if anything, I truly admired that he didn’t give up and kept sending us work. I don’t know if being published in the Jargon was an adequate payoff for all those years of struggle, but if it makes him happy...

Madore has burned his bridges, and I’ll no doubt take flak for publishing him. “Why do you continue to carry this guy?” a writer I respect very much asked me once, but it’s not like Madore would let anybody carry him.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Madore, I adore.

Anonymous said...

Abhor Madore.

andy.riverbed said...

i think madore is cool as fuck. we wrote each other letters once. maybe one day we'll do it again.

Dave Clapper said...

I totally admire his tenacity. And if ever he does send us something that we love, we'd happily publish it. He woudln't be the first writer we've published who's called us names. He wouldn't be the last, either. If his talent matched his ambition and drive, he'd be winning major awards. And because his drive matches his ambition and he keeps working his ass off at it, I won't be at all surprised when that day comes.

P. H. M. said...

Madore would have thought it, that's who...

Once upon a time, I wrote coherent stories. Now I write frustrated fuck-you stuff, but it seems to get a higher acceptance ratio, so I think the world is probably almost over.

P. H. M. said...

PS -- Andy Riverbed is one of the coolest people in the business, period, I really don't know why I'm so distant from him all the time. I've seen him go to bat for me a couple times, unprovoked. That doesn't happen much.

Anonymous said...

I say this business needs more people with cahonas,like Matt DiGangi and p.h.m.!

Anonymous said...

correction---Cajones!

Anonymous said...

Madore a whore.

andy.riverbed said...

cojones?

P. H. M. said...

See now I thought Riverbed made that comment...

andy.riverbed said...

cajones are big boxes in spanish. is cahona big balls in a some native american language? cojones is big balls in spanish.

i did say something.

Kane said...

Fuck you faggot. How did Madore outlast me? When the new shit I did comes out it's gonna leave you all in the AIDS ward.