Articles by Matt Seidel

February 8, 2017

Checking Out: Dispatches From the Sea-Cave Suite and Elsewhere 0

After a nice long think in the grotto shower, I resolved, once back on dry land, to conduct a survey of recent, or recently reissued, novels that make their home, so to speak, in hotels.

December 3, 2016

A Year in Reading: Matt Seidel 1

In one section, a series of nude women bathe in green water, in blue water, in communal or private tubs, posed in foot baths or sticking their arms in an octopus-like contraption of pipes and funnels. What Whitmanian raptures, or hygienic tips, does the surrounding text reveal?

September 2, 2016

American Appetites: A Fiction Review in Three Courses 0

Each of these books is predominantly about appetite — for food, sex, fame, money, adventure — and its potential wasting effect on the human soul.

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.