I’m taking my revenge on the deployers of banal Facebook updates. I’m writing a blog post about my new couches.
Old couches recovered, actually. But I’ll get to that soon enough.
I had first thought to be avenged on the lame updaters by putting up a false Facebook status update of my own each day, attempting to see how long it would be before people caught on to the joke or simply had me removed from Facebook altogether. I… Continue
Added by Matt Rees on July 1, 2010 at 7:15pm —
Writer’s block has nothing to do with writing.
That might seem obvious. When a writer wants to write, but can’t get anything out, he’s blocked. Not writing. Blocked.
But it isn’t the writing that causes the block. Neither is it some psychological problem or an inability to conjure up the Muse of inspiration.
It’s because the writer didn’t put everything on little index cards… Continue
Added by Matt Rees on June 7, 2010 at 12:12am —
I often receive emails from book stores, amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, and online literary sites telling me how much I’d like the novels of Matt Beynon Rees. I’m delighted to see these emails, which are based on my other purchases and interests, as only I can truly know just how much the novels of Matt Beynon Rees have changed my life. (Try them, I’m sure you’ll agree.)
Of course, I also get the occasional email informing me that if I like Matt Beynon… Continue
Added by Matt Rees on May 21, 2010 at 12:42am —
I can’t believe the extent of the corruption being uncovered in Israel’s government.
My predecessor as Prime Minister moped home from vacation yesterday – without any envelopes stuffed with cash, as far as we know -- and made a weepy statement about yet another police probe into bribery and fraud and breach of trust on his part. He’s alleged to have been in cahoots with a bunch of shady property developers, lawyers and municipal officials, so that a big, tacky… Continue
Added by Matt Rees on April 17, 2010 at 12:14am —
No Palestinian state this week. Can't say I really know why there isn't. At this point I’d be content to sign off on anything at all, just to get it off my plate. I’ve told the Americans that, but they seem convinced I’m some kind of hardliner—they think I’m bluffing when I say “Barry, where do I sign?” I think it’s because of the way I lift my eyebrow in my official photograph. I thought it was sexy and devil-may-care, but apparently it makes me look hawkish and too clever for…
Added by Matt Rees on April 8, 2010 at 7:12pm —
In this weekend's Sunday Times of London, reviewer John Dugdale describes my Palestinian detective Omar Yussef as "one of the most beguiling of current sleuths." You can read the roundup in full
at Times Online, but here's the bit about my newest novel THE FOURTH ASSASSIN
Set in a pulsating,… Continue
Added by Matt Rees on April 5, 2010 at 6:31pm —
Kingsley Amis said that “a bad review may spoil your breakfast, but you shouldn’t allow it to spoil your lunch.” That’s because Kingsley, bless his vindictive old heart, was probably too busy spoiling someone else’s. Believe me, a bad review leaves a bad taste all day long.
That’s not because of any insecurity about my writing. If a review is negative or even mildly snarky, I know the reviewer got it wrong. It’s the mere existence of negative thoughts about me… Continue
Added by Matt Rees on March 8, 2010 at 1:15am —
Some authors exude the pleasure of reading and writing (and, surprisingly, when you meet them, many just don’t.) J. Sydney Jones
is such a man, with a breadth of writing experience in a range of genres that’s deeply impressive and carries with it an obvious love of his craft. His Viennese Mystery series is a fascinating way to delve into one of Europe’s loveliest, most cultured cities – and damned entertaining, too. He’s also the…
Added by Matt Rees on February 18, 2010 at 8:10pm —
My new Palestinian crime novel THE FOURTH ASSASSIN is one of five "This Week's Hot Reads"
on The Daily Beast, which also happens to be the hot read of the web these days. The Beast writes of the book and its Brooklyn setting: "Rees paints a meticulous portrait of the post-9/11 community of Little Palestine and the tension of cultures trying to…
Added by Matt Rees on February 14, 2010 at 5:32pm —
Watch a whimsical video
explaining why the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo is a better place from which to take stock of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict -- better in fact than a Gaza refugee camp or an Israeli military base. Seriously. And yet not.
Added by Matt Rees on February 11, 2010 at 6:55pm —
During my trip to New York this last couple of weeks, I stopped into the space-age headquarters of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp on Sixth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan. Once my eyes had adjusted to the superbright white light everywhere, I settled into a studio for… Continue
Added by Matt Rees on February 9, 2010 at 11:24pm —
Crime writer J. Sydney Jones has a new blog called Scene of the Crime.
He aims to interview writers about the impact on their writing of the location and sense of place in their novels -- usually from far-flung countries. This week he features me on my Palestinian crime novels. Read on, for the full interview.
A Different View of Palestine
Matt Beynon Rees has… Continue
Added by Matt Rees on February 3, 2010 at 1:08am —
Award-winning crime writer Matt Beynon Rees reads from THE FOURTH ASSASSIN, his new novel, Feb. 2 in New York.
The fourth installment in Matt's Crime Writers Association Dagger-winning series about Palestinian sleuth Omar Yussef is published Feb. 1. In New York for a UN conference, Omar uncovers an assassination plot. The suspect: his own son. Omar's most personal investigation so far.
Matt will read from the book Feb. 2 at 7 p.m.
Added by Matt Rees on January 24, 2010 at 9:59pm —
In the current Library Journal
, my new Palestinian crime novel, THE FOURTH ASSASSIN
(out Feb. 1) gets a great review that highlights the themes and implications beyond the way the detective resolves the mystery. For those whose mailman has yet to deliver a copy of the magazine (in which case you'll have missed the award for Librarian of the Year -- Big up… Continue
Added by Matt Rees on January 19, 2010 at 11:38pm —
The best thing about switching from journalism to fiction writing is that people show you more respect.
As a journalist covering a highly contentious issue like the Israel-Palestinian conflict, I was often subject to rather nasty verbal attacks during public speaking engagements. For a partisan of either side, I seemed a fine target for their generalized contempt—they thought journalists were all against them and here was a live reporter on whom they could vent their… Continue
Added by Matt Rees on January 15, 2010 at 5:22pm —
One of my favorite Italian writers, Giuseppe di Lampedusa, wrote: "If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change." So I'm inaugurating my new blog today, to see in the New Year, with the same insightful content, of course, but a good-looking, up-to-date platform with many new features. I call the new blog… Continue
Added by Matt Rees on January 2, 2010 at 3:45am —
("an Encyclopedia and Gazetteer of Wales and all Things Welsh - A Cymrupedia
if you like."...uh, "Cymru" being the Welsh word for Wales.) lists me among the "iconic" writers on its site. That puts me in the company of thriller… Continue
Added by Matt Rees on December 28, 2009 at 12:00am —
Because I’m such a hip and happening author, I’m redoing my blog. Actually, I’m not redoing it. My friend Harry’s doing it. He’s hip and happening (check out his photo and wish for his cool, Daddy-O). The point of the blog is to make me LOOK that way.
Until now I’ve mused about the writing of my books, my book tours and research, about the world of… Continue
Added by Matt Rees on December 24, 2009 at 11:02pm —
One of my biggest boosters has been Bill Ott, reviewer for the pre-publication review Booklist. Here's his review of my forthcoming THE FOURTH ASSASSIN, which is out in the US and the UK on Feb. 1:
"Road-trips in crime series have the built-in problem of removing their heroes from the landscapes that define them. Rees’ Bethlehem history teacher and occasional… Continue
Added by Matt Rees on December 22, 2009 at 12:18am —
Publishers Weekly, the pre-publication review, stars my new Palestinian crime novel THE FOURTH ASSASSIN, which will be published Feb. 1 in the US and the UK. Here's the PW review: "The relentless cycle of violence and retribution follows Palestinian detective Omar Yussef to New York City, where he must deliver a speech at the U.N. on schooling in the… Continue
Added by Matt Rees on December 21, 2009 at 3:55am —