Mistakes Were Made: Penguin Special
Liam Pieper's made some poor life choices, but he's (usually) meant well. He's tried to write important stories, fight racial prejudice and rescue traumatised puppies. And he's ended up with life-threatening infestations, a punch in the face at a Leonard Cohen concert and brief detention by counter-terrorism experts. Taking us from Nimbin to US border security to the star-studded Chateau Marmont in LA, these four essays are compelling, insightful and very funny. Mistakes Were Made is about the gap between our ideals in life - of love, compassion, ambition - and how things actually play out.
Liam Pieper lives in Melbourne. He studied creative writing and then journalism and now works as a freelance writer. Before that he worked as a cook, a music critic, a non-union itinerant labourer and a mediocre criminal. His work has appeared in The Age, the Saturday Paper, the Good Weekend, Meanjin, The Best of the Lifted Brow and The Sleepers Almanac, and he is the co-recipient of the 2014 M Literary Residency. His memoir, The Feel-Good Hit of the Year, was published by Penguin in 2014. You can find him on Twitter @liampieper or on the Internet Proper at liampieper.com.