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A blog by Matthew Dicks

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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Many hands make light work

By Matthew Dicks | September 5, 2009

My wife came home this afternoon and said, “I did some community relations for you today. You’ll be speaking at the Barnes and Noble in Blue Back Square.” Really?” “Yup.” “Um… do you want to…

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Soundtrack people

By Matthew Dicks | September 4, 2009

As a DJ, I occasionally run into an odd breed of clients known as “Soundtrack People.” These individuals base their entire musical life upon the soundtracks of movies. Every song they choose for their wedding…

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Boston Globe review

By Matthew Dicks | September 3, 2009

There was a favorable review of Something Missing in the Boston Globe today.  Among the many pleasing lines from the piece was this gem: Though the book is essentially a high-concept caper, it is deftly constructed,…

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My little boy, or girl, is all grown up (I hope)

By Matthew Dicks | September 2, 2009

On Sunday, I sent the revised manuscript of Unexpectedly, Milo, off to my editor for her review. What I had hoped to be a two-week process quickly expanded into a six-week marathon as issues with…

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You had to read the whole list before getting upset?

By Matthew Dicks | September 2, 2009

I found the second comment on this clever New Yorker article especially stupid.  It should be preceded by the following disclaimer: Warning:  Captain Obvious at work.  

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Stranger than fiction

By Matthew Dicks | September 1, 2009

My new book, The Chicken Shack, is about a combined funeral home and chicken shack. Since I began writing the book, combination business-like fictional creations seem to have been popping up everywhere. In June, I…

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Resolution update: August 2009

By Matthew Dicks | August 31, 2009

I established a list of twelve New Year’s resolutions in January of this year. At the end of each month, I report on my progress as a means of holding myself accountable. Being the end…

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