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A blog by Matthew Dicks

Loving me some new vocabulary

By Matthew Dicks | November 3, 2009

A friend of mine introduced me to a new word today: sprezzatura. I explained to her how I have always treated my post-high school education like a competition—all my classmates versus me in a battle…

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AwkwardFamilyPhotos.com

By Matthew Dicks | November 3, 2009

Two things: 1.  I can picture any number of the characters from my books appearing on this blog someday. 2.  If I ever need a writing prompt, an idea for a story, or just the…

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Capturing the essence of life

By Matthew Dicks | November 2, 2009
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Honesty translates into respect

By Matthew Dicks | November 1, 2009

One of the most surprising remarks I hear from readers is one I heard twice last week. In both instances, readers thanked me for handling Martin, the obsessive-compulsive protagonist of Something Missing, with “gentleness and…

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Don’t compliment students. One kid’s compliment is another kid’s insult. Restaurant staffers also take note.

By Matthew Dicks | October 31, 2009

As a teacher, I abide by a simple and unusual rule in my classroom: No compliments based on physical appearance. I do not comment on a student’s wardrobe, hairstyle, shoes, or anything related to their…

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Promoting sexism? Maybe. But will anyone care?

By Matthew Dicks | October 30, 2009

Boys Are Dogs is the YA title that garnered some attention when it was published for reportedly being sexist. Amazon’s product description is this: “Middle-school boys act like wild animals. That’s what Annabelle discovers on her…

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Strange days

By Matthew Dicks | October 29, 2009

A friend suggested that I post this, which I wrote a couple of years ago. He thought it might be a good way for readers to get to know me better. I have edited the…

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Free

By Matthew Dicks | October 29, 2009

I find myself with over a hundred books I’d like to eliminate from my life. They are excellent books, classics, bestsellers, collections of essays, etc. I don’t have any reason to keep them in my…

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Where have all the rebels gone?

By Matthew Dicks | October 28, 2009

Blogger Jason Kottke recently wrote about the differing approaches to “being an adult.” In his post, he establishes two kinds of adults: A: Those who have set aside their childish ways B: Those who rebel…

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An homage to great storytellers everywhere

By Matthew Dicks | October 28, 2009
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