Articles by Matt Seidel
January 22, 2015
The first law of farce is that bodies in motion will eventually collide, and Clarke orchestrates the inevitable collision by beckoning each character from across the world and assembling them at the Lumber Lodge under the watchful eye of the moose.
December 21, 2014
As our planet has rotated once again around the sun in a nearly perfect circle, I will now highlight several books from this year’s reading that move in more eccentric orbits
November 18, 2014
Atkins, South Beach, Microbiome, Paleo: all these faddish regimens might slim you down, but can they regulate your humours? I think not.
November 12, 2014
Can the state of contemporary literature be used to forecast stock prices?
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.