Jonathan Mack is creating stories and essays and sharing a mad love of world literature.
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patrons
Most people seek a life of comfort and security -- then try to find some time to make their art. By choice and by necessity, I’ve had to do it differently. As a wanderer with no permanent home and few possessions, I read and write for hours each day while trying to live as simply and cheaply as I humanly can, mostly in India and Mexico. When I was young I yearned to be a monk. Now it appears I have almost become one, albeit in a queer, bookish, and disreputable fashion!

2 years ago, when a friend suggested I try Patreon, I was camped out in a dingy pink room not far from river Ganges in Banaras. Since then, Patreon has changed my life by allowing me to have a simple room in Mexico, time to complete a novella and a manuscript of stories, an extended visit back to India, and work on other projects such as helping to revise the English translation of a novel by the great Japanese ecological writer Ishimure Michiko and writing a long essay about my first writing teacher, the legendary Bobbie Louise Hawkins.

To my surprise, I’ve been asked to give a few lectures next year in Bodh Gaya on the Majjhima Nikaya, or the Buddha’s Middle-Length Discourses, one of the fundamental scriptures of Buddhism. Daily sutta study is now a part of my life, but I continue to write endlessly and read obsessively -- especially in fiction, poetry and experimental or postmodern literature. New small stories, as well as a new novella, are in the works. 

Although I haven’t found a publisher for my novella and book of stories, my fiction and essays have appeared in the US, Canada, the UK, and Japan in little magazines, university quarterlies, and anthologies. My story “The Right Way to Be Crippled and Naked” was the title story of anthology about disability written by people with disabilities, published by Cinco Punto Press and now used as a textbook by some universities. A Lambda literary fellowship in 2016, in fiction, selected by Andrew Holleran, was pretty much the high point of my life. May such hope come again! In the meantime, thank you for helping me to live simply and continue.

If you are my supporter, or considering becoming one, please always remember that you are very welcome to question, challenge, and communicate with me! As a rather isolated person, I am deeply grateful for community, as well as for the support that makes my odd life possible. I thank you with all my heart. A bow and a hug to you.

Respectfully,
Jonathan
Tiers
Ally
$1 or more per month
Throughout my life it has been my persistent experience that those who have the least are, peculiarly, the most stubbornly and endlessly generous. Bless you! I will do all I can to serve and adore you. This level entitles you to a regular and frequent feed of updates: short excerpts of fictions, essays, and book notes, as I complete them. 
Gentle Reader
$3 or more per month

To me, this is the perfect amount for Patreon. In an ideal world, I would forbid anyone to give more! This allows you access to any of my writing not currently under consideration by a publisher -- and makes a real difference in my life. 3 dollars adds up.

Benefactor
$10 or more per month
As well as all previous rewards, this level entitles you to receive an electronic copy of any manuscript or book review that I can access, at your request. Thousands of pages. It's downright spooky. Some of those joining me here have read my work for 20 years or more. Is there something you'd like to see again? Is there work I should revisit? Please request and advise!

Also: although I hope my odd writing will find a small place in the world, it's likely that the very best thing I have to offer is what I've learned from 30 years of obsessive daily reading. At this level, I would be delighted to consult with you to create a personalized reading list of classic and neglected literature from around the world.
Agent of change
$30 or more per month
Depending on where I live, I survive on between 8 and 25 dollars a day. At this level, you are giving me another dollar each day. In other words, you're changing my life. This tier entitles you to all previous rewards AND straightforward answers to basic questions, to which I have been, throughout my life, notoriously and supremely cagey. For example, you could ask me, "Where are you?" and I might actually tell you.
Confidante / Editor
$50 or more per month

This level is principally for anyone who would like my intensive help with their own writing or projects. During my life in Tokyo, I worked as an editor and as a lecturer in literature.  This level entitles you to all the work and help I can muster -- as well as to the knowledge that you are, single-handedly, drastically improving my day to day life. May all temporal and ultimate happiness be yours!

Keeper of the cards
$100 or more per month

This tier, as yet uninhabited, is for any persons who are unaccountably determined that I should survive, in spite of my own nonsense and everything that has befallen me! At this level, you are a patron in the most traditional sense and I will do all I can to persist, labor, and bring you honor! This tier also entitles you to handwritten originals of my odd work, the actual cards upon which I labor and obsess. If you've ever been curious, here are the cards themselves. They're yours. I meant it when I wrote: "When die, never mind about my body. Secure the cards."

Goals
47% complete
Could such a thing actually happen? For this amount, I would know that I could eat and work and live without fear in a room of my own. How extraordinary. What a vast and sweet relief.
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Most people seek a life of comfort and security -- then try to find some time to make their art. By choice and by necessity, I’ve had to do it differently. As a wanderer with no permanent home and few possessions, I read and write for hours each day while trying to live as simply and cheaply as I humanly can, mostly in India and Mexico. When I was young I yearned to be a monk. Now it appears I have almost become one, albeit in a queer, bookish, and disreputable fashion!

2 years ago, when a friend suggested I try Patreon, I was camped out in a dingy pink room not far from river Ganges in Banaras. Since then, Patreon has changed my life by allowing me to have a simple room in Mexico, time to complete a novella and a manuscript of stories, an extended visit back to India, and work on other projects such as helping to revise the English translation of a novel by the great Japanese ecological writer Ishimure Michiko and writing a long essay about my first writing teacher, the legendary Bobbie Louise Hawkins.

To my surprise, I’ve been asked to give a few lectures next year in Bodh Gaya on the Majjhima Nikaya, or the Buddha’s Middle-Length Discourses, one of the fundamental scriptures of Buddhism. Daily sutta study is now a part of my life, but I continue to write endlessly and read obsessively -- especially in fiction, poetry and experimental or postmodern literature. New small stories, as well as a new novella, are in the works. 

Although I haven’t found a publisher for my novella and book of stories, my fiction and essays have appeared in the US, Canada, the UK, and Japan in little magazines, university quarterlies, and anthologies. My story “The Right Way to Be Crippled and Naked” was the title story of anthology about disability written by people with disabilities, published by Cinco Punto Press and now used as a textbook by some universities. A Lambda literary fellowship in 2016, in fiction, selected by Andrew Holleran, was pretty much the high point of my life. May such hope come again! In the meantime, thank you for helping me to live simply and continue.

If you are my supporter, or considering becoming one, please always remember that you are very welcome to question, challenge, and communicate with me! As a rather isolated person, I am deeply grateful for community, as well as for the support that makes my odd life possible. I thank you with all my heart. A bow and a hug to you.

Respectfully,
Jonathan

Recent posts by Jonathan Mack

Tiers
Ally
$1 or more per month
Throughout my life it has been my persistent experience that those who have the least are, peculiarly, the most stubbornly and endlessly generous. Bless you! I will do all I can to serve and adore you. This level entitles you to a regular and frequent feed of updates: short excerpts of fictions, essays, and book notes, as I complete them. 
Gentle Reader
$3 or more per month

To me, this is the perfect amount for Patreon. In an ideal world, I would forbid anyone to give more! This allows you access to any of my writing not currently under consideration by a publisher -- and makes a real difference in my life. 3 dollars adds up.

Benefactor
$10 or more per month
As well as all previous rewards, this level entitles you to receive an electronic copy of any manuscript or book review that I can access, at your request. Thousands of pages. It's downright spooky. Some of those joining me here have read my work for 20 years or more. Is there something you'd like to see again? Is there work I should revisit? Please request and advise!

Also: although I hope my odd writing will find a small place in the world, it's likely that the very best thing I have to offer is what I've learned from 30 years of obsessive daily reading. At this level, I would be delighted to consult with you to create a personalized reading list of classic and neglected literature from around the world.
Agent of change
$30 or more per month
Depending on where I live, I survive on between 8 and 25 dollars a day. At this level, you are giving me another dollar each day. In other words, you're changing my life. This tier entitles you to all previous rewards AND straightforward answers to basic questions, to which I have been, throughout my life, notoriously and supremely cagey. For example, you could ask me, "Where are you?" and I might actually tell you.
Confidante / Editor
$50 or more per month

This level is principally for anyone who would like my intensive help with their own writing or projects. During my life in Tokyo, I worked as an editor and as a lecturer in literature.  This level entitles you to all the work and help I can muster -- as well as to the knowledge that you are, single-handedly, drastically improving my day to day life. May all temporal and ultimate happiness be yours!

Keeper of the cards
$100 or more per month

This tier, as yet uninhabited, is for any persons who are unaccountably determined that I should survive, in spite of my own nonsense and everything that has befallen me! At this level, you are a patron in the most traditional sense and I will do all I can to persist, labor, and bring you honor! This tier also entitles you to handwritten originals of my odd work, the actual cards upon which I labor and obsess. If you've ever been curious, here are the cards themselves. They're yours. I meant it when I wrote: "When die, never mind about my body. Secure the cards."