Matthew G

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Matthew G. was born in New Jersey, lives in Brooklyn, and has worked in the basement at Strand since 2007.

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Matthew G's Reviews

The Motion of Light in Water: Sex and Science Fiction Writing in the East Village

by: Samuel R. Delany

This memoir recounts the years (beginning in his late teens) in which Samuel R. Delany, the acclaimed science fiction writer, essayist, and gay rights activist, first started to write and publish science fiction and lead an actively gay lifestyle (while in an open, interracial marriage with the white poet Marilyn Hacker, who was a fellow student and fellow prodigy at The Bronx High School of Science). Full of great anecdotes, cameos by notable figures of the time such as Bob Dylan and W.H. Auden, and perceptive reflections on art, memory, and a host of other subjects, The Motion of Light in Water is also a fascinating look back at a New York of another time, and an immensely pleasurable read.

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Bread & Wine

by: Samuel R. Delany Mia Wolff Alan Moore

Samuel R. Delany is an extraordinarily smart and interesting writer. After you start getting into him, you want to know what he has to say about everything, and luckily he’s written lots of critical essays. You also want to know all about him, where’s he’s been and what he’s done, and, again luckily, he’s done a lot of autobiographical writing, including the graphic memoir Bread & Wine: An Erotic Tale of New York, a collaboration with illustrator Mia Wolff recently reissued by Fantagraphics with new supplementary material, including an introduction by Alan Moore.

Bread & Wine is short and sweet. You can read it a good three times in an hour, I’d say. And it would make sense to do so. Read it the first time just to find out what happens in this surprising, tender story of a budding love between an accomplished writer and a homeless man who, though he sells books on the street, doesn’t really understand what a writer does. Read it a second time more slowly and linger over Mia Wolff’s beautiful, warmly sympathetic black and white illustrations. Read it a third time to savor Delany’s precise, closely observant prose, as well as the extremely humorous, sensitive, good nature that always shines through that prose.

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Libra

by: Don Delillo

This is an incredibly rich and sympathetic imagining of the life of Lee Harvey Oswald, an intellectually exciting provocation, and a lot more. Very ambitious, very gripping, very haunting.

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  • A Fan's Notes: A Fictional Memoir

    By Frederick Exley

    Our Price: $16.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780679720768
    • Publisher: Vintage Books
    • Published: September 1988
    This is the horrible and hilarious account of a long failure, but a failure which turns into a success. With a kind of fantastic innocence, Exley manages to draw humor from his defeats and humiliations, and this in turn increases the anguish. And, all through, the embrace is illumined with grace and an almost mandarin sense of literary timing, of when to move onto the next event, the next nightmare. 385p.
  • Bad Behavior

    By Mary Gaitskill

    Our Price: $13.49
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781439148877
    • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Paperbacks
    • Published: July 2009
    A trade paperback reissue of National Book Award finalist Mary Gaitskill's debut short story collection. Making critical waves when first published, these stories about dislocation, longing and desire depict a disenchanted and rebellious urban fringe generation in search of human connection. They are rendered in radar-perfect detail, replete with a reportorial candor uncompromised by sentimentality or voyeuristic charm. These stories are the real deal. 208p.
  • The Crack-Up

    By F. Scott Fitzgerald

    Our Price: $17.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780811218207
    • Publisher: New Directions
    • Published: February 2009
    The self-portrait of Fitzgerald's sudden descent at the age of thirty-nine from glamorous success to empty despair, and his determined recovery. This revealing collection of his essays - as well as letters to and from Gertrude Stein, Edith Wharton, T.S. Eliot, John Dos Passos - tells of a man with charm and talent to burn, whose gaiety and genius made him a living symbol of the Jazz Age, and whose recklessness brought him grief and loss. Compiled and edited by EdmundWilson shortly after Fitzgerald's death. First published in 1945. 347p.
  • The Motion of Light in Water: Sex and Science Fiction Writing in the East Village

    By Samuel R. Delany

    Our Price: $17.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780816645244
    • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
    • Published: April 2004
    Samuel Delany is a science fiction writer, teacher and recipient of the William Whitehead Memorial Award for a lifetime's contribution to lesbian and gay culture. His autobiography focuses on his life in New York's lower east side in the 1960s and his development as a black gay writer in an open interracial marriage. The original edition, published in 1988 by Arbor House, won a Hugo Award for nonfiction. This paperbound edition is a reprint of the revised 1993 edition published by Richard Kasak. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
  • Tree of Smoke

    By Denis Johnson

    Our Price: $22.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780312427740
    • Publisher: Picador
    • Published: September 2008
    Winner of the National Book Award. The story of William 'Skip' Sands, CIA - engaged in Psychological Operations against the Vietcong - and the disasters that befall him. This prize-winning novel is also the story of the Houston brothers, Bill and James, young men who drift out of the Arizona desert and into a war where the line between disinformation and delusion has blurred away. An immense sojourn of a novel - brutal, visceral, yet poetic; an existential tour de force. From the author of Jesus' Son (stories), The Name of the World, The Stars at Noon, Resuscitation of a Hanged Man, The Incognito Lounge. 702p. Pap.

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