Author Archives: Matt Borondy

Jennifer Niven

Author Jennifer Niven

“As horrified as we are by disaster, I think we like to imagine what we would do in an avalanche on Mount Everest, a collapsed coal mine, a crashing plane, a sinking ship. Would we be heroic? Would we lose our nerve? Would the best or the worst in us surface? How would we react?”

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A Review of Craig Childs’ Soul of Nowhere

The best thing I can say about the good luck this book brought me is that I didn’t develop my current illness until after reading it and moving on to another.

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David Levien

David Levien

“I’m drawn to sub-cultures that have a code, custom, and language of their own. Whether it is underground poker, organized crime, the porn business, law, or soldiering, I am interested in the rules of these insular worlds, and how they mesh and gnash with the greater outside world.”

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Sheri Fink, M.D.

Sheri Fink

“When the survivors entrusted me with the stories of the worst days of their lives, telling those stories became my responsibility.”

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Susannah Breslin

Susannah Breslin

“You know how some people like "feel-good" movies? I like "feel-bad" movies. Same is true for books.”

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Comment from Graham Nicholls

Dear Matt, Just came by your site and thought it was excellent, a really refreshing selection of articles and reviews. It’s good to see an edge to the work, something that is rare in Britain at present. All the best Graham Nicholls Video and Installation Artist http://www.grahamnicholls.com/

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Mary Roach

Mary Roach

“Researchers who work with cadavers aren’t often eager to talk to writers. They prefer to stay out of the spotlight, and I don’t blame them. That was by far the hardest part of doing this book.”

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Kimberley Snow

Kimberley Snow

“Writing, like meditation, can be a path for developing compassion as well as bringing things up into consciousness. Something about picking up the pen, or letting my fingers just sort of dance over the keyboard, helps to by-pass the normal busy mind and take me somewhere else.”

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Carolyn Parkhurst

Carolyn Parkhurst

“I don’t usually have much of the plot figured out when I begin. I start with the characters, and with a basic premise, and then I just start writing and see where it goes.”

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Elise Blackwell

Elise Blackwell

“One of the ideas I explore in Hunger, though, is that we don’t know who will turn out to be brave under extreme pressure. Timid and annoying people can act with grace, strength, and bravery, while people noted for their courage can prove themselves cowards.”

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Matthew Derby

Matthew Derby

“my work would never have been published anywhere ten years ago (although maybe that would have been a good thing), but it found a readership in a group of similarly disgruntled, displaced readers who wanted something else.”

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Deleted Items (777)

A composite of the 777 e-mails I’ve deleted in the past few days Dear FIRSTNAME (friend), I know you’re very busy so I’m gonna get right to the point. THE INCUMBENT PRESIDENT(CHIEF OLUSEGUN OBASANJO) HAS MAPPED OUT SOME STRATEGY TO USE THE COUNTRY’S PETROLEUM MONEY TO FINANCE HIS CAMPAIGN, HE RAISED THE COST OF PETROLEUM […]

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The Poetry of Joe Bolton

Joe Bolton was born in 1961 in Cadiz, Kentucky. In 1990, shortly after completing his master’s thesis, he commited suicide. It is estimated that Bolton wrote nearly 500 poems in the 80’s, most of them while attending writing programs at Western Kentucky University, the University of Florida, and the University of Arizona. He published three […]

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Babe Magnets

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The Jesus Video

Essentially, the Jesus movie consists of nothing more than a pretty-boy Shakespearean with a prominent forehead wandering aimlessly around Israel and muttering half-heartedly about eternity while a bunch of people with disheveled hair act as if they are in awe of his prowess.

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