Author Archives: Matt Borondy

Matt Borondy

Matt Borondy founded Identity Theory in 2000 and continues to edit and publish the site from various mountainous locations. Visit him at borondy.com or email editor@identitytheory.com.

Tell Me How You’ll Get (Back) to Sesame Street

Big Bird

You used to be a happy kid. Then you changed the channel. You found Sean Hannity.

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What Would Jesus Do?

Jesus and Trump Protesters

“I think Christians took a big stand this time and said we’re going to stand up for our faith [by electing Trump].”

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Why Trump is Attacking the “Failed” New York Times

NY Times: Spiro Agnew Resigns

You might think Anderson Cooper will save you. Listen closely: Anderson Cooper isn’t going to save you.

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Letters to Trump’s American Muslim Registry

Just discovered Schopenhauer. Blew my mind. Taking a break from Islam. Will call back in an hour w/ update.

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5 Ways You Can Be As Smart As Trump

I'm a Smart Guy

I decided to stop tipping. Why give money to waiters? They’ll just squander it. Think about it: that’s 20% of every meal cost right back in my pocket. BOOM.

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Book Birthdays, Feb. 9: Italian Jhumpa Lahiri & A Novel of Georgia O’Keeffe

In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri cover

New books this week include Dawn Tripp’s novel of Georgia O’Keeffe, Jhumpa Lahiri’s Italian memoir, a debut novel from Idra Novey, and National Book Award finalist Christopher Sorrentino’s latest.

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Book Birthdays, Jan. 25-Feb. 2: Amber Sparks and The Vegetarian

When people ask what I’ve been up to lately, I say, “Not much, just lounging in my new Snuggie and reading Amber Sparks’ The Unfinished World.”

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Book Birthdays, January 19: Joyce Carol Oates, Bill Bryson, and a Squirrel

The Portable Veblen cover

New books released this week include “The Portable Veblen” by Elizabeth McKenzie, “The Man Without a Shadow” by Joyce Carol Oates, and “The Road to Little Dribbling” by Bill Bryson.

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5 Bernie Sanders Books That #FeelTheBern

Bernie Sanders on Fremont Street.

After encountering a giant Bernie Sanders on Fremont Street last night, I realized that as a former Vermonter, I’d be remiss not to prop up a few books that #feelthebern.

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No One Left To Whine To: On Self-Pity

Self pity

Writers on self-pity, “the most destructive of non-pharmaceutical narcotics.” Also, why so much “competitive victimhood” in social media?

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On Pandabearing

Battleborn contains no pandas

As a white male literary publisher, life is hard. Like, I want to put panda bears on everything, but no one will let me.

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Book Birthdays, December 8: Elizabeth Day, Dean Koontz, Christopher Buckley

The Relic Master by Christopher Buckley cover

New book releases from Dean Koontz, Elizabeth Day, and Christopher Buckley.

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What Was So Zen About Bombing Pearl Harbor?

Zen at War

Should we talk about the role of Zen Buddhists in World War 2?

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A Bunch of Goddam 2015 Year-End Lists

Best Books of 2015 as selected by the N.Y. Times, Washington Post, Flavorwire, and other publications obsessed with Jonathan Franzen.

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Book Birthdays, November 24: Posthumous Christopher Hitchens, Oliver Sacks

And Yet by Christopher Hitchens

New books born November 24th by Christopher Hitchens, Oliver Sacks, and Julianna Baggott.

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