Author Archives: Matt Borondy

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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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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On Pandering and Growing Stupid Together: Monday’s Margins

You Are Not Entitled to My Body

Claire Vaye Watkins on pandering and Pankaj Mishra on growing stupid together–plus a profile of Roger Angell.

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Book Birthdays, November 17: A Paris Review Anthology

Paris Review Unprofessionals cover

We got an email from The Paris Review today about their new anthology, The Unprofessionals

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Throw Away Your Mind: Monday’s Margins

This machine has no brain, use your own.

Links of the week: Throwing away your mind in academia, Beirut vs. Paris, the fatal flaw in weak descriptions, Joseph Bates grows up, and Alan Watts on death.

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Book Birthdays, November 10: Cunningham, Moody, and a Tom Petty Bio

Hotels of North America cover

Books released November 10th include rewritten fairy tales by Michael Cunningham, a Tom Petty bio, and Rick Moody’s “best novel in many years.”

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University Press Week, Carrie Brownstein, and Ayn Rand: Monday’s Margins

Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl cover

This week’s links of note: Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein, How to Get Published in Lit Mags, #upweek, and contemplating Ayn Rand.

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Book Birthdays, November 3: Allende, Connelly, Eco, Irving

John Irving Avenue of Mysteries cover

New books born on November 3rd, 2015: The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende, The Crossing: A Bosch Novel by Michael Connelly, Numero Zero by Umberto Eco, Avenue of Mysteries by John Irving

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Author Q&A: Ben Tanzer (Lost in Space)

Ben Tanzer

“To be competitive and on, all of the time, involves discipline and schedule, a lot of super-focused manic intensity, and the need to ignore outside distractions, all of which is huge for writing.”

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Author Q&A: Noah Cicero (Best Behavior)

Noah Cicero

“I believe if you read a lot, your mind learns the ability to play different games or see different options in every situation that non-readers might not see.”

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The Myth of The Alcoholic Writer and Praying Drunk: Monday’s Margins

Abandoned liquor store

“Loneliness is a state of lack, a longing, and though that can be acutely painful it’s also interesting.”

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What Changes Everything: 5 Questions with Masha Hamilton

Masha Hamilton

“Telling one’s own story is as important to a certain kind of survival as food and shelter.”

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