Posts Tagged: Matt Bell

The Rumpus Interview with Matt Bell

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Author Matt Bell talks video games, fiction, nonfiction, politics, empathy, and his new books, Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn and Scrapper.

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This Week in Short Fiction

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Some story collections drop with fireworks and great fanfare, while others make their entrance, it could be said, on tender feet. The latter is the case with the works of Edith Pearlman, who released her fifth story collection, Honeydew, on Tuesday. Laura Van Den Berg had some kind words for the book at the New […]

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Literature’s Smiles

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For Electric Literature, noting that character shrugs and smiles are usually crutches in fiction, Matt Bell analyzes Cormac McCarthy’s use of smiles in Outer Dark, providing “a good reminder that very few rules hold up everywhere, and that great writers are constantly breaking or disregarding the guidelines that get parroted so often in our writing […]

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Matt Bell and Callie Collins in Austin

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Austin folks, if you need to take a breather from politics, come to Bookpeople this Saturday for a Matt Bell reading! Bell, whose novel In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods thrilled and chilled us, will be in conversation with Callie Collins, whom you’ll remember from her recent stellar Rumpus essay […]

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In The House Upon The Dirt Between The Lake And The Woods

In the House Upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods by Matt Bell

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Werner Herzog explained that what Kinski saw as sensuality in the jungle (during the filming of Fitzcarraldo), Herzog thought of as “overwhelming and collective murder.” We begin In the House Upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods in Kinski’s jungle, large and imaginary enough to accommodate a couple’s dream to start a family. […]

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Sacrifice and Selfishness

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“How much sacrifice is required of a parent? When is it admissible to love yourself more than your child, or in another way, to fear your own death more than the death of your child? Bell doesn’t propose answers, but instead begs us to consider that a real question exists here.” At BOMBLOG, Jena Salon […]

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Notable New York, This Week 7/12 – 7/18

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This week in New York Diane Williams, Rebecca Curtis and Joshua Cohen read at The Bastille Day Soirée, Chuck Klosterman is back Eating Dinosaurs, Candance Bushnell embodies Carrie and takes us back to college,  Christopher Finch tells us about Chuck Close’s Life, David Mitchell Reads, Soda Pop hosts a reading series, Williamsburg promotes Martial Arts, […]

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