Inside my mind is a little boy with a slingshot, firing off stones blindly into the night.
Ever-deepening plight, coupled with slivers of joy.
Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
Memory Wall and The Shell Collector by Anthony Doerr
Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion
Suicide and Autoportrait by Édouard Levé
Jesus' Son by Denis Johnson
At the Gates of the Animal Kingdom by Amy Hempel
Among the Missing by Dan Chaon
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee
Hello, Matt - thank you so much for reading and commenting on The Light at the End of You. Very glad you liked.
Matt, thank you for reading "Listing," and for your kind comment!
Thank you for your comments on my story!
Thanks for the comment on Amends.
you, sir, are one kind gentleman writer
Thanks for your enthusiastic comment on Conversation.
Matthew, thanks for your recent comments on "What Some Boys Do." So generous of you!
Thanks for your sweet comment on Soup for Six Million.
Thank you for your enthusiasm for Sitting Shiva.
Thanks from the Princess.
Wow, Matt. Thanks for your encouraging praise of my Neil Young poem.
Matt, thanks for the read and fave on "The Songs of Townes Van Zandt." Glad you enjoyed.
Thank you for enjoying my Bearded Lady :)
Hello Matt, thanks for reading and commenting on "Muddy Creek." I'm glad you enjoyed it.
Hi Matt - thank you for the story comment! To answer your question I dug back and it looks like it was a Tin House pick: "A, a highwayman, is robbing the mails." But I also force myself to pick random ones and write something. It's exercise.
Thanks, Matt, for liking 'Lingering Over Drinks.'
Thanks so much for your wonderful comment on Mother's Day. The story still makes me laugh, but the comment took forever to get to me for some reason. I'm looking into it.
Matt: thank you for your generous assessment of "Sight Worth Keeping in View". Glad to hear that it permits an enjoyable read and that it stands re-reading. (I'll re-read your comments most of the day and week now, I'm sure, so thanks again!) And keep up all good work with your stories.
Boringer thanks you as do I.
Thanks for faving "Bees in the Eaves," Matt. Always appreciate your reading my work and am grateful for your positive comments.
Hi Matt. I think this is the first I've "seen" of you so great to come across your work. Thank you so much for reading Huntingtons and liking it. "See" you around.
Matt, thanx for reminding me about Borges. Calvino's essays I enjoyed, no idea why I never got to his fiction (think I was well into my "russian period" about then). --Don't know if this would mean much to an aspiring playwright, but if it helps with hearing speech and visualizing action, try writing a piece as a screenplay; a brief stint w/ screenwriting helped me into fiction proper.
Mr. Robinson: Thank you for your nod to "Tomorrows Never Written...", but now I'll have to go find some of Calvino's fiction, all I've read are essays in "The Uses of Literature", so thanks for the prompting, too. (I'm only slightly better acquainted with works of Aldo Palazzeschi.) All good wishes, from s
Hi, Matt. Thanks for commenting on and faving "For the Unshriven." Love your comment!
Hi, thank you for the warm welcome and comment! I hope a lovely weekend awaits you.
Hi Matt - re: sister's play, it'll be her first production if it goes through, only had readings so far. And thanks re: the novel. Spiffing it and doing agent research while deciding which one to start writing next.
Hello - thank you for your comment on "The Artist's Conk"! Just got back from 4 days in the Internet-free woods to find all the viewings. My sister is a playwright, by the way (I was a theater major myself, but bailed out of the profession).
Thanks, Matt for reading "Notebooks." This micro actually started out as a thirty page story but the maximalism just didn't work for me. Sometimes you just want an image to cut your reader. Cheers!
Thank you so much for reading and commenting on my story 'Milkshake and Fries"
Thanks for reading and faving "Weak Knees."
Matthew, thanks for commenting and faving my Things I Didn't Do poem. I'm delighted you liked it.
Thanks, Matthew for faving "A Good Man Deserves A Good Woman"...
Thank you for your comment. You are too kind.
Matthew, thanks for reading and commenting on my poem as well.
Matthew, thanks for the comment and the fav for "Keep Chopping."
thank you very much, my goodness what you said, it is so nice to hear it. Thank you!
Hi Mathew! Thanks for reading "The Tall Man's Secret" and for your warm, generous comment. Much appreciated! I'll be by this weekend to read some of your work! :-)
Hi. Thank you so much for commenting on What I Should Have Said. Muchly appreciated.
Thanks for reading, Matthew. I look forward to reading your work!
Hi Matthew, thanks for reading and commenting on The Spanking Experiment. Looking forward to reading more of your work!
Hi, Matthew. Thanks for the fave of "My Books." Appreciate it!
Thank you for the comment on the wolves short and for the help! i need all that i can get!
Hi Matthew, thanks for spending a few minutes with Cactus - I really appreciate your comments. fos.
Hi Matthew, I'm glad you enjoyed "Hunter, Fate, Food". Thanks for reading, commenting and faving!
Thank you, Matthew for your nice words on "Telling" :)
Thank you for your comments about "The Game." I appreciate them very much!
Matthew, thank you for reading, commenting, and faving my wee story After he failed to wake up. Very much appreciated! Peace...
Thanks for commenting on "Joan of Dark," Matthew. Appreciate it!
thanks for your kind comments about "Ocean in a Box".
Hey, Matthew-- thanks for read und comment on Enjoyment (glad you enjoyed it...)
Thanks for comment on my latest.
Hi Matthew - Thanks so much for your nice comments on my story.
Thank you, Matthew, for your comment and fave on "The Anniversary." There will be more epistolary activity in this novel, as people posture for and/or tango with each other.
thank you very much for the fistful of kind words!
Matthew, really appreciate your thoughtful reading & comments on "The Breakfast Tree." And FWIW, the title is what came to me first.
Matthew so glad you enjoyed Doug the snake and urge you to get a container of snake nog! Cheers! susan
Hi, Matthew. Thanks for reading 'Rome Ants In The Sky.' I greatly appreciate your comment, suggestion, and *.
Thanks for your comments on and faves of "Eleutheria" and "Babble," Matthew! I'm deeply appreciative.
Matthew, thank you very much for the kind words on my story "On My Road".
Aww, Matthew, thanks. "<a href="http://www.fictionaut.com/stories/fantomas/happy-feet">Happy Feet</a>" is owed to my continued obsession with occupy issues. I must have been a tent in a former life. Hope you're well and the writing goes swimmingly, mate.
hi matthew. Thank you for taking the time to comment on "A Literary Separation"! very much appreciated.
Hi, Matthew! Thank you very much for your encouraging words on "The Pain Taster".
Thank you for reading "Escape Literature." I appreciate your comment and fave.
Thank you for reading and commenting on my piece, "Soliloquy on Ma"--I appreciate it.
It. It was my first time, Matthew. Thanks for the read, comment, and fave for "Minnesota Menage."
Thanks, Matthew, for the raucous response to "The Last Chance...Story Contest." Like to know that when I shoot for low humor I've hit the mark with someone.
Hi Matthew: I am sorry my "For the Lost Boys" made you sad, but I appreciate the time you took to read it and comment. Thanks.
thank you for reading & commenting & fave-ing "<a href="http://www.fictionaut.com/stories/marcus-speh/the-serious-writer-occupies-wall-street">The Serious Writer Occupies Wall Street</a>", much appreciated, mate!
Hi, Matthew. Thanks for reading, 'Lule of Raw-2.' I greatly appreciate your comment and *.
Kind words, Matthew. Thanks you. Glad you liked "Europe, 1960."
Hi Matt, thanks for reading chairs and mirrors, and thanks for the comment, too - I appreciate both! fos.
Matthew, thank you for your enthusiastic response to "Before the Door." Much appreciated. Thanks, for the fave, also!
Thanks for reading and commenting on "Ketone Deficiency," Matthew!
Matthew, I appreciate the read, comment, and fave for "Boo!"
Matthew, thanks for finding, reading and faving my story "Another Story About Me and Some Guy"...I really appreciate it.
thank you matt for the comment on "<a href="http://www.fictionaut.com/stories/marcus-speh/the-sodomized-dictator">the sodomized dictator</a>". follow on from the discussion on moral fiction which we've had here and elsewhere...glad you enjoyed.
Glad you liked "2008..." Matthew. Thank you.
Hi Matthew, thanks for spending a few moments with We All Have Wings (the title is a tribute to Michael Hutchence) - I appreciate your time and your comments, too. fos.
Happy you liked For Captain Paul, Matthew. Thank you for your kind words.
Thanks Matthew for commenting on my story, "Sideburns." Plus, all your authors are my authors. Cormac McCarthy, check. Philip Roth, check. Vonnegut, check....
Matthew, And you sir are a prince of a fellow. Thanks for commenting on "Hotdish"!
Glad you liked the Dali poem. Thanks for the fave, Matthew.
Thanks for your comments and fave of "Turkey Town," Matthew. Such a treat to experience!
I'm honored by your fave of "The Sum Above." Thanks, Matthew!
Matthew, thanks so much for reading and commenting on Feral. I'm glad you enjoyed it.
Thanks for the comment & fave on "Lettie" (and the !!!)
Matthew, thank you for your kind comment on the short story, Henry, reach! Glad to meet you.
i'm going to get suttree, thanks for the hint, looks like something i might like though usually mccarthy is not my taste...i label him as too immoral (in the sense specified by john gardner - see this recent article & <a href="http://j.mp/oQbW7o">my comment</a>).
your comment on "before the bloodbath" made me smile...it may be time to bring mccarthy back from the dead—he'd make a hell of an antagonist...thanks for commenting!
Matthew thanks for all you said about "kid" and, yes, please hug something.
Thanks for the read, Matthew!
Matthew, thanks for the comment and star for "The Apostate." Okay, go play now.
Thanks for your comment on Borges in the SUB. I love the idea of changing the author's name. Salinger anyone?
Hello and thanks for commenting on my poem with no title. :) Look forward to reading some of your work!
Matthew: Thanks for your response to "Play." I'm happy you liked it.
Thanks for commenting on and faving "We Must Be carefully Taut." Appreciate the read and response, Matthew!
Thanks for commenting on "What I Find." Much appreciated.
Thanks for checking out Hector's Record Collection, Matthew, and welcome to Fictionaut!
Hi Matthew, thanks for giving Eight States Away a bit of your time - I appreciate the read and your comments. fos.
Hello, Matthew. Thanks so much for the fave on "Madeline". Glad you enjoyed this little portrait. I look forward to reading your work.
Hi Matthew. Thanks for reading "Don't Grieve for Fish" and for the star! And welcome to Fictionaut.
Thank you so much for reading and commenting on 'Breakdown.'
Hi, Matthew. Thanks for reading 'The Yin Yang of Corporate Execution.' I greatly appreciate your insightful comment.
Thanks for your kind comments on "Insect Eater". I'm glad you enjoyed it! I'd never heard of Aimee Bender, but I looked up some of her work and it's good stuff. Thanks for the compliment, and for turning me onto a new (to me, at least) author!
Matthew, thanks for the kind words for "The Hollow". And welcome to Fictionaut!
Thanks so much for reading and commenting on my story Peach.
Matthew, thanks indeed for the kind words for "la Cucaracha." Looking forward very much to seeing some of your work here.
matthew, thank you for checking out "ginger". i appreciate your thoughtful comment. i take no responsibility for anyone else's cage, only for my own. i enjoyed reading your bio, too-welcome here! we have some favorite classics in common but not cormac mccarthy who is too tough for this soft european soul of mine...cheers from berlin!
Welcome to Fictionaut, Matthew! Thanks for commenting on the Euclid poem