Articles by Matt Seidel

April 27, 2016

Everybody Stinks: The Life and Work of a Failed Southern Lady 3

Florence King was at heart a Randian libertarian, seeing identity politics as antithetical to her sacred sense of individualism and thus worthy of scorn.

April 13, 2016

Lurid Tales of Crime and Aristocratic Extravagance 1

The primary pleasure in Making Monte Carlo comes from watching the various eccentrics, lowlifes, high-rollers, and famous artists — Edvard Munch, Karl Marx, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Coco Chanel — stroll in to take a seat at the table.

March 23, 2016

Men in Tights Crammed into Confined Spaces 1

Bachelder’s portrait of middle-class, middle-aged males revolves around football. Full disclosure: In my version of hell, scowling football coaches pace up and down the River Styx, their steady barking of martial commands only interrupted to consult their laminated sheets on which every possible variation on the off-tackle running play is written.

March 16, 2016

A Hint of the Demonic: Photography as a Dark Art 0

Félix Nadar personifies photography as an avenging angel who, through the accursed image, makes her terrible will known.

February 10, 2016

A Walk in the Park: On Suzanne Berne’s ‘The Dogs of Littlefield’ 1

I tucked a copy of Suzanne Berne’s latest, The Dogs of Littlefield, under my arm before being tugged out the door by my basset hound.

February 4, 2016

It’s Time to Play…The Reissue Factor 1

Sorry, it’s a no for us. Lacks emotional depth and the saber-toothed tiger subplot felt forced.

January 28, 2016

Beautiful Deaths: On the World of Gabrielle Wittkop 1

The tales are less psychological than physiological; how a character thinks matters less than how a body moves, or perishes.

December 12, 2015

A Year in Reading: Matt Seidel 4

This year’s unifying theme for me was “teeth,” or maybe it just seemed that way because, thanks entirely to my wife, I finally got on a dental insurance plan.

November 24, 2015

Penny Dreadful: Writing on a Budget 0

When it came time to begin work on a new novel, I headed for a retailer that could help me break into the NYT bestseller list without breaking the bank.

November 19, 2015

Family Secrets: On Matthew Spender’s ‘A House in St. John’s Wood’ 0

Auden, playing the role of “kind but didactic wizard,” would teach Stephen Spender’s young son about adjectives or compose “Tolkienish poems” with him.