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Brooklyn, NY
Contributor, New York Times Magazine — New York Times

Reader, writer, critic, recovering neurotic. Writing a book for @RandomHouse about science & superstition of ancestry. Recently: @Harpers, @NYTmag, @Tin_House.

8 Movies We Can't Wait To See (Because We Loved The Book) — amywhipple: Pause. A Book of Common Prayer is being adapted and will star Allison Janney?? I have some breathing to go do. (cc: ashleybethard, maudnewton) !!!

When the name on the plate is yours — I never expected to be the kind of person who would read and re-read books by a Buddhist nun, but I'm glad I stopped being attached to any personal narrative that would have prevented me from doing that.

Maud Newton • I used to completely not see the point of fancy... — I used to completely not see the point of fancy writing implements. And I still feel that way about precious little booklets. I only use composition notebooks, because I get intimidated easily and I need to be able to tear and cross out pages with abandon.

Welp, I finally got my hands on some... — thebegats: Welp, I finally got my hands on some of the columns written by Maude Newton Simmons, my mysterious self-given namesake whose writing ambitions were a complete surprise to me when I learned of them a few years ago, and my fears came true.

Maud Newton • One of the many sexual conquests left in Byron’s... — One of the many sexual conquests left in Byron's wake was Claire Clairmont, though it would be more accurate to say that she'd made a conquest of him.

The Family Tree: Laila Lalami — A series of brief but wide-ranging interviews with authors about ancestry. Laila Lalami is a talented novelist and a discerning critic, a voice of reason and empathy online, and an old friend. Her third novel, The Moor's Account, offers a new point of entry into a true story - the Castilian conquistador Pánfilo de Narváez's would-be conquest of the Americas.

Flannery O'Connor's Complex, Flawed Character — Reading about a favorite writer is risky. No matter how diligently the reader tries to compartmentalize, disappointing revelations threaten to infect the very books that inspired curiosity about an author in the first place. Still, I love secrets, and biographies of my literary heroes are hard to resist.

Maud Newton • I just learned that the desolate stretch along the... — I just learned that the desolate stretch along the Palmetto Expressway where my mother had her first warehouse church in the mid-80s is known as Miami's Bird Road Art District. I guess I mean to say "once-desolate"? The fact that the Shell logo is the turn-off marker gives you some idea of what the area was like.

Creation A Watched Pot Within Me — tinglealley: A hangover aside from researching this essay on Daphne du Maurier: In one of her letters to her publisher, she was updating him on how her novel was going and said something like, "Creation boils within me." She was not a grandiose kind of writer, and in the context of the letter it reads like...

Maud Newton • I have made one bad real estate decision after... — I have made one bad real estate decision after another my entire life. Knowing this, I made a lot of effort to consult people who I believe to be intelligent in real estate. It made no difference. I made the worst decision of my life.
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Oct 31, 2014

Speech is one symptom of Affection And Silence one -- The perfectest communication Is heard of none -- -- Emily Dickinson

Oct 31, 2014

RT @svenbirkerts: A writer's style reveals something of his spirit, his habits, his capacities, his is the Self escaping into the open. E.B. White

Oct 31, 2014

"Frankenstein's Mother," a meditation on sadness, monsters, souls, and a mother's death, by @DarceySteinke…

Oct 31, 2014

RT @victorlavalle: I was going to dress as Black Proust today but feared I'd just be dismissed as a black guy too lazy to get out of bed.

Oct 31, 2014

Occurs to me now that if my mom had combined her church "Hallelujah parties" with her (terrifying!) exorcisms more people might've showed up

Oct 31, 2014

RT @Harpers: "In a poem you sometimes read what a person tells only to God." Galway Kinnell, from the September 1979 issue

Oct 31, 2014

RT @Begatsy: Halloween re-read: @MariaBustillos' "Portrait of a Witch": My grandmother was a witch: a species of santera…

Oct 30, 2014

RT @EmilyMandel: Also, made it through six-week 21-city international book tour without getting sick. Dedicating next book to Purell.

Oct 30, 2014

been at home in writing world so much lately that for a sec I thought the oozy wound on that girl's face on the F train was real #halloween

Oct 30, 2014

@austinkleon @mtaeckens They didn't start actually commenting until later, probably because my stepmother glare of death killed them.

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