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Matthew Shaer

Matthew Shaer is a former staff writer at the Christian Science Monitor, and an occasional contributor to the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and Bookforum, among other publications. He is writing a book about Brooklyn.


Understanding Mathilda

Spring 2010 | Criticism

Mathilda Savitch: A Novel, by Victor Lodato. FSG, $24The tone of Mathilda Savitch announces itself from the start—the title reminiscent of Roald Dahl’s classic novel, the lilting pun on the word savage. The girl in question is young, although exa [...]

Remembering Updike

February 3, 2009 | Profiles

Back in the 1980s, my parents bought their first home, in Georgetown, Massachusetts, from a writer named John Updike.