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EP 69 - Matteson Perry

By Amani Roberts

Matteson Perry discusses winning The Moth Grand Slam, his writing process and why it is ok to ask for things in this episode. Enjoy! Show Notes: 8:41 - Matteson’s writing process in the early morning. 9:38 - The double rejection of MBA school and the girlfriend. 13:10 - The chocolate heart story. 15:07 - Valuable lessons learned during his year of being single. 20:05 - How writing an essay that was placed in the New York Times ended up being a big break. 22:08 - “The best thing about writing is that you don’t need anyone’s permission.” 25:23 - The emotions after winning The Moth Grand Slam. 28:38 - “You don’t tell people about your victories, you tell people about your failures.” 33:35 - Matteson’s favorite season of The Wire. 37:00 - How has Matteson been able to stay so disciplined with his writing. 39:00 - There is a difference between being nice and being kind. 39:44 - “It’s ok to ask for things … it doesn’t mean you have lost if you ask for something.” How to reach Matteson: Website | Twitter Book Recommendations: “Exit West” by Mohsin Hamid “The Sympathizer” by Viet Thanh Nguyen “Why Buddism is True” by Robert Wright

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