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A blog by Matthew Dicks

The Friendship Application

By Matthew Dicks | March 8, 2010

Behold the long awaited Friendship Application. There have been instances in the past year when people have been on the verge of becoming genuine friends.  This is all well and good, but what if the…

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Bartering herself into a new career? Maybe.

By Matthew Dicks | March 8, 2010

Get this: My wife stopped by a new consignment store in town and found a child-sized cashmere sweater that she loved.  The problem: Even on consignment, the sweater was fifty dollars, more than she was…

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The demise of the book tour and the rise of its replacement

By Matthew Dicks | March 7, 2010

The Los Angeles Times published a piece on how book tours have transformed over the years, and especially now in this economy.  Author Carolyn Kellogg writes: “As the business of publishing changes, book tours increasingly…

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Quitting

By Matthew Dicks | March 6, 2010

A couple days ago, I ran into a couple at the gym who I married at the gym. Though normally my role in a wedding is reserved to the disc jockey, I am also an…

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Nothing’s impossible if your religion is based upon a miracles

By Matthew Dicks | March 6, 2010

I’m always amused when a God-fearing Christian woman informs me that she cannot get pregnant, as one did yesterday. Whether the woman is one hundred years old, celibate, or has undergone tubal ligation, the belief…

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Two kinds of teachers

By Matthew Dicks | March 5, 2010

I have a theory on teachers: People become teachers because they loved school and were exceptionally well behaved as children, or they were disappointed by school and behaved poorly. Those who liked school become teachers…

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Wardrobe malfunction

By Matthew Dicks | March 5, 2010

I saw a woman in the gym today with a tee-shirt that read: A friend will help you move… Then on the back of the tee-shirt, it read: But a real friend will help you…

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Kudos for SOMETHING MISSING

By Matthew Dicks | March 5, 2010

Eight months after its release and it’s still nice to read a good review of SOMETHING MISSING by someone who is encouraging fellow readers to give it a whirl.

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Joy? Of course. But a source of pride? No.

By Matthew Dicks | March 4, 2010

Slate’s Dear Prudence received this letter from a reader seeking advice: Dear Prudie, My mother-in-law is driving me crazy. My husband and I just found out that we are pregnant with our second child, and…

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Reunited! And perhaps an idea for a book.

By Matthew Dicks | March 4, 2010

This afternoon, I was eating lunch with a colleague who has been teaching for almost forty years.  She was telling us about some of her most memorable students from the past, including a young man…

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