Articles by Matt Seidel

February 10, 2016

A Walk in the Park: On Suzanne Berne’s ‘The Dogs of Littlefield’ 0

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.

October 29, 2015

And Then We Pick: On Ed Caesar’s ‘Two Hours: The Quest to Run the Impossible Marathon’ 0

Seconds don’t come cheap in elite racing, and the two-hour marathon, at least when Caesar was writing his book, was still 218 seconds away.

October 28, 2015

A Life on the Rocks: Steve Toltz’s ‘Quicksand’ 1

There’ll always be a place for the sad sack in fiction, heroes of topsy-turvy Bildungsromans who regress or stall rather than develop.

June 12, 2015

No, No, Nanette: A Profile 3

I asked one last question before closing my notebook, one to which every writer and agent is dying to know the answer: Will Nanette ever decide to publish a book?

May 27, 2015

Let Me Think About It: On Recommending Books 16

“Got any good books to recommend?” For me, the equivalent of a politician’s “gotcha” question.