Articles by Matt Seidel
October 31, 2014
We might be blocked from seeing what lies beneath the surface, but we know it’s formidable and chilling.
October 27, 2014
Cowardice is the flaw that dare not speak its name, or as Walsh wryly puts it: “Every other species of human baseness, it seems, has rated a monograph.”
September 26, 2014
Chronicling a fatigued writer’s efforts to reinvent himself as a copyist, a profession which he himself admits doesn’t properly exist, Mr. Gwyn and Three Times at Dawn are the portrait and self-portrait, respectively, of a linguistic portraitist.
September 25, 2014
Beneath the laughs, of which there are many, The Trip to Italy is an anxious comedy supremely anxious about comedy itself.
August 19, 2014
Close reading produces knowledge, and knowledge can be painful.
August 8, 2014
No one is tougher on a Beckett character than Beckett, and perhaps no character receives as much abuse as the first major one, Belacqua Shuah.
July 23, 2014
How would fictional professors, heroes of those quaint works known as campus novels, fare in the world of online education?
July 10, 2014
In honor of the Tour de France, taking to the couch with Tim Krabbé’s sports classic.
June 18, 2014
While the following three piano-themed books — Alan Rusbridger’s Play it Again, Thomas Bernhard’s The Loser, and Murray Bail’s extraordinary The Voyage — are all inexplicably devoid of sniper rifles, they do present slightly more nuanced takes on perfection and its discontents.
May 21, 2014
“Who would not sing for Lycidas?” asks Milton in his famous elegy. And who, indeed, would not sing for the Novel, which has once again been declared dead?