Articles by Matt Seidel

November 18, 2014

The Robert Burton Diet 4

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

Bookends from the New York Times Book Review: The Rejected Questions 1

Can the state of contemporary literature be used to forecast stock prices?

October 31, 2014

The Art of Terror: Robert Aickman’s Strange Tales 3

We might be blocked from seeing what lies beneath the surface, but we know it’s formidable and chilling.

October 27, 2014

Home of the Brave: On Chris Walsh’s Cowardice: A Brief History 1

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

A Thousand Words and Then Some: On Literary Portraiture and Alessandro Baricco’s Mr. Gwyn 0

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

A Comic Feast: Michael Winterbottom’s The Trip to Italy 0

Beneath the laughs, of which there are many, The Trip to Italy is an anxious comedy supremely anxious about comedy itself.

August 19, 2014

Back to School: Six Strategies for Effective Close Reading 1

Close reading produces knowledge, and knowledge can be painful.

August 8, 2014

A New Lease on Apathy: On Samuel Beckett’s Echo’s Bones 1

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

Viral Professors 0

How would fictional professors, heroes of those quaint works known as campus novels, fare in the world of online education?

July 10, 2014

The Scourge of the Peloton: On Tim Krabbé’s The Rider 0

In honor of the Tour de France, taking to the couch with Tim Krabbé’s sports classic.