About Matthue Roth

Matthue Roth is the author, most recently, of Losers, as well as the novels Never Mind the Goldbergs and Candy in Action and the memoir Yom Kippur a Go-Go. He's also the associate editor of MyJewishLearning.com. He lives with his wife and daughter in Brooklyn, and he keeps a secret diary at www.matthue.com.

Primal Scream Therapy with Tortured Authors, Part 5: Iceberg Theory vs. Oedipussy

By October 3, 2008

From: Marty Beckerman To: Matthue Roth Subject: Iceberg Theory vs. Oedipussy Matthue, You make an interesting point: authors are often unaware of what we say on paper, and sometimes our readers know more about us than we know about ourselves. … Read More

Primal Scream Therapy with Tortured Authors, Part 4: Chaos and Creation

By October 2, 2008

From: Matthue Roth To: Marty Beckerman Subject:  Chaos and Creation Marty, I have the advantage of writing fiction, if we’re making it a contest, and the biggest advantage of fiction is that "flaws" don’t count. I don’t mean flaws in … Read More

Primal Scream Therapy with Tortured Authors, Part 3: This be who I am… this be what I do

By October 1, 2008

From: Marty Beckerman To: Matthue Roth Subject: This be who I am… this be what I do Matthue, I appreciate the comparison to Chris Rock, although he is infinitely funnier than I am, at least when he does standup instead … Read More

Primal Scream Therapy with Tortured Authors, Part 2: From one freak to another

By September 30, 2008

To: Marty Beckerman From: Matthue Roth Subject: From one freak to another Marty, You’re right. I know I shouldn’t admit you’re right — I am, after all, one of those fundamentalist zealots you’re talking about — but the fact is, … Read More

Primal Scream Therapy with Tortured Authors, Part 1: Allow me to Freudian slip inside you

By September 29, 2008

To: Matthue Roth From: Marty Beckerman Subject: Allow me to Freudian slip inside you Matthue,  Writers are not exactly well-adjusted people. Posters of Ernest Hemingway and Hunter Thompson used to hang over my desk, but one day I realized with … Read More

A Conversation with The Silver Jews Front Man

By July 29, 2008

David Berman is the front man and only constant member in the (formerly) ever-changing lineup of Silver Jews. On albums, he is loose-lipped and brazen, throwing clichés to the wind and spouting lyrics that are brilliant, simple, and beautiful; Pitchfork, … Read More

American Jewish Life Bites the Dust

By June 30, 2008

American Jewish Life closed its doors for the last time this past week. Asked for a reason, editor (and, ultimately, the sole full-time employee) Benyamin Cohen told the Forward that "[u]nfortunately, this is just not the right economy for a … Read More

Silver Mt. Zion on Protest Music, Montreal, and Being the Only Jew in the Room

By May 8, 2008

Efrim Menuck fronts the band currently named Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band—a band whose appellation, along with its sound, changes and grows with each new release. Currently, the band is a seven-piece composed of (among other … Read More