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A blog by Matthew Dicks

Kind words

By Matthew Dicks | January 22, 2009

My editor sent me the first blurb about Something Missing, written by M. Ann Jacoby, author of Life After Genius. She writes: “A quirky and endearing first novel that makes you wonder if that misplaced…

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The end is in sight

By Matthew Dicks | January 20, 2009

Exciting news. I discovered how my latest book will end. I haven’t reached the last chapter yet, but in wrapping up a crucial chapter late last night, I caught a glimpse of how things might…

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Pieces of me

By Matthew Dicks | January 18, 2009

Nicholson Baker has a new book, a non-fiction piece about World War II entitled Human Smoke: The Beginnings of World War II, the End of Civilization. I heard him speak about it and other topics on…

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Punctuation matters

By Matthew Dicks | January 16, 2009

It’s always so lovely to find someone who shares the same pet peeves as me. This is why I was thrilled to find the “blog” of “unnecessary” quotation marks, a site dedicated to the world’s…

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Good week

By Matthew Dicks | January 15, 2009

A couple of days of good news on the book front. Yesterday my editor informed me that we made a deal with Japanese publisher Random House Kodansha for the publication of Something Missing in Japan. Just…

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Nicholson Baker and me

By Matthew Dicks | January 12, 2009

My book club meets today to discuss Nicolson Baker’s The Size of Thoughts. It was my turn to choose the book, and Taryn, my agent, turned me onto Baker’s work during my initial revisions of…

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I have no idea what pants I’m wearing

By Matthew Dicks | January 3, 2009

A friend of mine recently noted that I was wearing sweatpants out of the house. “And?” I asked. “I just would never wear sweatpants in public,” she said. “And I know that most people don’t.”…

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The unexpected

By Matthew Dicks | December 30, 2008

I’m often questioned as to how I can be surprised by something that happens in the book that I am writing when I am the one doing the writing. “Don’t you know what’s going to…

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My beginning with Mr. Compo

By Matthew Dicks | December 26, 2008

In the acknowledgments of Something Missing, I thank Mark Compopiano, my high school English teacher, for teaching me that “words can change minds.” I had always wanted to write, but Mr. Compiano, my English teacher…

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My writing group

By Matthew Dicks | December 21, 2008

About six months ago, I gathered some friends who are interested in writing and formed a writing group. We meet about once every other month and discuss our work. It’s quite a varied group. We…

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