Posts Tagged: Matt Bell

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 classes.”

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A New Interview with Kyle Minor

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Over at The Believer Logger, Matt Bell conducts a wonderful interview with Kyle Minor. There is a wonderful bit in here about work ethic:

“What I hope, eventually, is that I can get to a situation where I’m spending most of my work time on the projects I care most about—the stories, the novels, the screen work, the essays—and carve out more time for reading and for doing things that aren’t work.

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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 “I’ll Not Yield At This Time.”

Event details here!

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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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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, Crash Mansion begs us to black out for a $5 open bar, and The Kids are All Right.

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