Author Archives: Matt Borondy

Monday’s Margins: Immerse Yourself in Small Fates, Sweet Nothings, Ways to Swim

Vintage Underwater Photo Man looking through window at woman on lawn chair

This week’s links include the luck of artistic success, DFW and Don DeLillo, Teju Cole’s Small Fates and more.

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Author Q&A: Michelle Haimoff (These Days Are Ours)

Michelle Haimoff

“Having two parents who don’t love each other is like having your blood and your skin not get along.”

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Monday’s Margins: Word Riot Turns 10

A lazy Monday, so I just wanted to let you know that Jackie Corley and friends have now provided you with 10 years of Word Riot. We say: Here’s to 10 more years.    

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Monday’s Margins: WILD, B*tches in Bookshops, Baseball

“The beautiful thing about memoir is also the thing that makes it the most appalling: It’s actually you on the page.”

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Lit Q&A: Bethanne Patrick, Book Maven

Bethanne Patrick

“Literature took me…to places where people overcome their limitations, and to places where they don’t. The latter may be the most important way literature engages us, reminding us of our common humanity.”

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Monday’s Margins: Happy Birthday, Jack Kerouac

Today would have been Jack Kerouac’s 90th birthday.

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Author Q&A: Dan Chaon (Stay Awake)

Dan Chaon author portrait

“Certain books tell us that we are not alone. And that can be life-saving.”

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Author Q&A: Julianna Baggott (Pure)

Julianna Baggott

“Writing, for me, is the daily practice of empathy. Reading should be a practice of empathizing too. Each time we step into another person’s world view, we broaden who we are as people.”

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Author Q&A: Nick Antosca (The Obese)

Nick Antosca with cutout of Stephen King

“The best is when you start narrating your own life in the voice of a book in which you’ve recently lost yourself.”

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Monday’s Margins: The Power of Introverts, Nabokov, Writers’ Doubt

“When we as writers doubt our own work, it’s because we realize that it is not yet where we want it to be.”

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Author Strip Searches: Google Keyword Mashup Haiku

We also get more searches about dating a stripper than we can fathom due to an ancient article by Greg Bruns…I thought, why not make haiku combining these searches?

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Monday’s Margins: Sweet Talking The Obese Naked Leaf Peeper

What can a short story do that a novel can’t do? Find out…

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The Zen of Steve Jobs

The Zen of Steve Jobs is a brief, creative re-imagining of Jobs’ relationship with the non-traditional San Francisco Zen teacher Kobun Chino Otogawa.

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January/February 2012 Reading List: Chronic City, Matterhorn, and The Obamas

I’m finishing up Lethem’s Chronic City and Hugh Barker/Yuval Taylor’s Faking It: The Quest for Authenticity in Popular Music.

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Monday’s Margins: Sh*t Book Reviewers Say, Jo Nesbø, Jonathan Franzen

“I opened the door to the bite of marijuana and the vision of Strong with his boots unhooked and his pants off, passing a joint to the newest pretty-ish circus woman…”

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