Matt Borondy

Matt Borondy founded Identity Theory in 2000 and continues to edit and publish the site from various mountainous locations. Visit him at, subscribe to his Substack or email

Staff Reading: January

A quick rundown of what some Identity Theory staffers are digging into this month...Drew McNaughton: Tree of Smoke by Denis Johnson, The Brightening Glance: Children and Imagination by Ellen Handler Spitz, The New Kings: Nonfiction edited by Ira GlassRobert Birnbaum: The Song Before it is Sung by Justin Cartwright, Wrack and Ruin by Don Lee, …

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Ondaatje, Amis, and Autobiography: What Bauman’s Reading this Month

There were three novels back there: Divisadero by Michael Ondaatje, House of Meetings by Martin Amis, and Our Lady of the Forest by David Guterson. I won't belabor except to say I truly enjoyed all three. Especially, of course, the new Ondaatje. He is, really, breathtaking. Since then, it has been the month of autobiography. …

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Stuff that Happened While We Were Away for a Month

One of our favorite short-story writers, Gary Lutz, offered up a new chapbook via one of our favorite small presses, Future Tense Press, called Partial List of People to Bleach. IDT contributor Mike Maggio published a new and rather angry book of antiwar poetry entitled deMOCKracy!And so on.