Author Archives: Robert Nagle

New Jack Matthews bookstore

The daughter of Jack Matthews has opened an online bookstore. If you remember, Jack Matthews once owned a literary saloon to keep his latest literary finds. In the 2009 interview Matthews mentioned selling several thousand of his books to a … Continue reading

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Free Mp3: Miette reads a Jack Matthews story

Miette’s Bedtime Podcast is a distinguished podcast known for featuring classic and contemporary short stories by great & overlooked writers. Recently she did a reading of the great story A Woman of Properties which comes from the Crazy Woman short … Continue reading

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Remembering Jack Matthews as a Writing Teacher: Share Your Memories

Ex-students share memories of Ohio author and writing teacher, Jack Matthews. Continue reading

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Jack Matthews on the memoir of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Son

Jack Matthews has a new essay appearing in August 15 Chronicle Review: It is no surprise to literary scholars that Henry David Thoreau was soaked in Emerson’s thinking, but Julian tells us that even the younger man’s handwriting was like … Continue reading

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Visiting Jack Matthews (Photo Essay)

Last week I had the opportunity to visit Jack Matthews in Athens, Ohio. Thrilling! Details of the visit will appear occasionally on this blog. For now here are some photos which I took during my visit. This is Jack Matthews … Continue reading

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Jack Matthews: On choosing the right name for a story character

(Here is a brief excerpt from  WORKER’s WRITEBOOK, an unpublished notebook  about the art of writing fiction  which Jack Matthews prepared for  his  Ohio U. creative writing students in the 1990s). An ebook version of this work will be available … Continue reading

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2009 Interview with Jack Matthews

This interview was conducted via email in Summer, 2009 just after Jack Matthews’ 84th birthday. Throughout the process, Matthews had a lot of fun with it: answers were sometimes full of deliberate misspellings and archaic contractions. After I assembled his … Continue reading

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Jack Matthews: An Author which the Internet Forgot

My introduction to short story writer Jack Matthews could not be more accidental. Between 2007 and 2008, I had been downloading and listening to a series of author interviews conducted by Don Swaim during the 1970s and 80s. Don Swaim … Continue reading

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Jack Matthews: The Art (and Sport) of Book Collecting

Ohio author Jack Matthew’s thoughts about book collecting & Robert Nagle’s questions about its relevance to ebooks Continue reading

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