Author Archives: Matt Borondy

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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Enter The Valley of Amazement: Monday’s Margins

The Valley of Amazement Amy Tan cover

New books this week from Amy Tan, Ann Patchett, Fannie Flagg and more.

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A Life in Books: Monday’s Margins

A Life in Books Warren Lehrer

New books this week: A Life in Books by Warren Lehrer, At Night We Walk in Circles by Daniel Alarcón, and Johnny Cash: The Life by Robert Hilburn

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The Re-Emergence of Donna Tartt: Monday’s Margins

Donna Tartt Goldfinch cover

Donna Tartt’s first book in ten years, The Goldfinch, comes out this week; Charles Blackstone releases a new book; and fans of The Beatles and Philip Roth get early Halloween treats.

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Author Q&A: Joseph Bates (Tomorrowland)

Joseph Bates

“It took me a long time to learn restraint, especially in terms of humor. Early on in my writing, I never met a joke I didn’t like.”

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New Anne Rice and Christopher Rice: Monday’s Margins

The Heavens Rise Cover

New books this week from the Rice clan and others, plus a local reading by Joseph Bates.

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