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Author Revealed

About Matthew Aaron Goodman

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 3/8

Q. Previous occupations

A. Laborer, Mover, Car washer, flower salesman, catering waiter, bartender, grill cook, teacher, production assistant, concert security, door man/usher, case manager, etc..

Q. High school and/or college

A. Brandeis University

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. Fela Kuti

Q. Favorite movie

A. Braveheart

Revealing Questions

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. I am not afraid to fail

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Fanaticism

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Integrity. Compassion. Humor.

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. Nazim Hikmet, James Baldwin, Ryszard Kapuscinski, Reinaldo Arenas, Edwidge Danticat, Yehuda Amichai, Zadie Smith, Mahmoud Darwish, etc...

Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

A. Nobody Knows My Name, Night, Before Nightfalls, Don Quixote, Song of Songs...

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

A. Believe

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