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A blog by Matthew Dicks

In the presence of Nicholson Baker

By Matthew Dicks | September 14, 2009

On Friday night, I went to RJ Julia Booksellers to listen to Nicholson Baker, one of my favorite authors, speak about his new book, The Anthologist. Baker became one of my favorite authors when my…

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Must listen

By Matthew Dicks | September 13, 2009

I have always recommended the RadioLab podcast to all of my friends, but I cannot recommend this week’s episode on Parasites (yes, parasites) highly enough. Turn off the television tonight (unless you’re watching the Patriots…

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“Something Missing” – the audio book

By Matthew Dicks | September 12, 2009

I just spent the last three minutes listening to a sample of the audio version of Something Missing, which was released by Recorded Books last week. I love it. The newly designed cover is excellent,…

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Stupid, annoying plot

By Matthew Dicks | September 10, 2009

I often lament the importance placed on the plot in the current literary environment. As a writer who does not have a plot in mind when he begins a book, I tend to focus on…

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Just don’t be ordinary

By Matthew Dicks | September 10, 2009

I am always surprised to find myself sitting in a meeting, a presentation or any other instance in which someone is speaking to an audience and the speaker chooses not to be interesting, amusing, thought-provoking,…

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Praise for “Something Missing”

By Matthew Dicks | September 9, 2009

A couple of great reviews popped up online today, including the Newsday review from the Sunday paper and Bookslut’s review (a lit blog with an odd title but much respect in the publishing industry).

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The Ugly Duckling is uglier than I thought

By Matthew Dicks | September 9, 2009

My pathetic and inane fears about my manuscript being a mess were for not. Just three days after submitting the latest version of Unexpectedly, Milo to my editor for review, she replied with glowing remarks,…

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Guest blogger Ann O’Connell shares a story of awkwardness, love and possible spurs

By Matthew Dicks | September 8, 2009

About a week ago, writer Ann O’Connell, who wrote a piece in The Hour about my appearance at the Wilton Library, posted on Twitter: It’s been two years since the most awkward date of my…

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Foiled by meat

By Matthew Dicks | September 7, 2009

On Sunday, Elysha and I were driving back from New Haven, listening to the Yankees play the Blue Jays. We were also searching for a copy of Newsday, as a review of Something Missing was…

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Golf and writing bear the same fruits

By Matthew Dicks | September 5, 2009

Golf is like writing. You only need to be told to think about the game differently to improve dramatically. Imagine the backswing differently. Envision yourself throwing a Frisbee as you rotate. Think wet noodle. Swing…

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