Website changes and other updates

Hi all,
I’ve been making some changes to my site in order to make it less of a blog about one particular project and more of an author platform that connects all the things on which I am working. For starters, I have a new landing page—which I am still working on—and a separate page for my posts. I apologize in advance for any confusion.

In addition, I have also figured out how to create custom banners on each individual page, so the picture of letters on a kitchen table that used to grace every one of my pages will only be found on my blog from here on out. I have already created new banners for the other pages . . . please check them out!

I also took the C.V. link out of the banner menu and replaced it with a link to this blog. Anyone who wants to see my C.V. can see it right here, or you can access it through my About Me page. Finally, I deleted the “Teaching” page since those resources are already available to my students. If anyone wants to see an old syllabus of mine for some reason, please send me a request via my Contact form.

Finally, some really good news with respect to my Grandpa’s Letters project: it has representation! I am excited to be working with Barbara Collins Rosenberg at the Rosenberg Group, and I look forward to finishing my book in the coming months and hopefully presenting it to a wide audience once it comes out.

Thank you all for your continued support and interest, and please stay tuned!

All the best,
Matt

New Blog, Site Updates, and Moving to the Country (Gonna Eat a Lot of Peaches)

Hi folks,

In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve started posting again. One of my goals has always been to find some way to put all of my grandpa’s letters on here so that they can be publicly available. Since I’ve been busy writing elsewhere lately for school, work, and my book project, I decided that I might as well start posting the letters here, one after another. With that in mind, I have started posting these letters exactly 80 years after they were written.

Envelope, Letter, Elmer to Parents, March 4, 1942
This letter is exactly 80 years old today . . .

At some point I will have to backtrack and post all of the letters that predate March 1, 1942, but that’s a problem for a different day. In the meantime, I will simply post scanned pictures of each letter, along with an audio recording in which I read the contents of that letter. For a variety of reasons I want to avoid having to transcribe them all, at least for the time being, but since I want these letters to be accessible to anyone who is unable to read them I am also including the audio narration below each letter. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to to enhance their accessibility.

I have also made some changes and updates to the website. For instance, I took out the “Teaching” section and replaced it with a “Media” section in order to highlight some of the reviews I’ve received and interviews I’d done for Never Caught Twice. I’ll try to keep this site up to date. Meanwhile, if you are a student, you can contact me via the “Contact” form on my page or via my institutional email (hint: it is in your syllabus 😉).

I also removed all of the previous Grandpa’s Letters blog posts. I did not do this out of meanness or insecurity, but rather because I have started the process of marketing my manuscript to publishers and I don’t want my old posts to suggest that my book is merely a physical instantiation of my blog, which of course it is not. But even so, I have made a lot of updates, additions, corrections, and other changes to my previous drafts . . . I would much prefer that everyone read the book when it comes out and, as my grandpa would say, “get the straight dope,” rather than pinball back and forth through an arcade of outdated posts. I appreciate everyone’s interest in these month-to-month installments, which were instrumental in establishing this blog and spreading interest in my grandfather’s story. However, it is time to turn my attention away from the old blog and back toward putting these letters out there so that anyone, anywhere can access them.

I hope to have some announcements in the not-to-distant future about the book, its progress, and its destination. Exciting things are happening on that front. In the meantime, I hope that you enjoy reading my grandpa’s actual letters—the straight, straight dope, one might say—and that you and all your friends and loved ones are safe in these uncertain times. And since it would be weird to write a big blog post without any kind of picture, here’s a shot of my Eva’s Pride peach tree budding. I planted a small orchard over the winter, and this little guy is the first to emerge from dormancy. Come by in five years if you want plenty of fresh fruit!

Anyway, take care, stay tuned . . . and Slava Ukraini!

Matt