An author conveys chilliness.

About The “Author”

Matthew Callan grew up in a place with lots of cops and now lives in Queens. He’s written quite a lot about the New York Mets at Amazin Avenue. He’s written around the interwebs on a number of subjects for The AV Club, The Awl, Baseball Prospectus, and Vice, among others.. A litany of his writing can be found here. He also has a podcast called Replacement Players in which he forces special guests to rewatch and discuss old sporting events. He does this when time permits though time can be a jerk like that.

Behold, the past! He once pennedsnotty commentaries for NPR and wrote a lot of stuff for the sadly defunct Freezerbox.com and saw some of that stuff shortlisted for the 2003 edition of the Best American Nonrequired Reading. He also wrote a sports blog for MSN and was a contributing writer for the New York Press and you can’t find any of this in the internet anymore for many dumb reasons so you’ll just have to take his word for it. Oh, and he contributed to Excelsior You Fathead, a biography of radio humorist Jean Shepherd. So there’s that.

He wrote a novel called Hang a Crooked Number, which is about spies and baseball and many other things and is available in ebook form from the retailer of your choice or sort-of direct from him here. Once upon a time, he received an MFA in fiction from Brooklyn College and had stories here and there, as was the custom at the time. Along the way, he was a bridesmaid in fiction contests for Nimrod International Literary Journal, Zoetrope: All-Story, and Bomb Magazine.

What does the future hold for him? He’s working on a book about the 1999–2000 Mets called Yells For Ourselves and another novel but he realizes that talking about working on books is like talking about working on losing weight. It’s fun to dream and all but it don’t mean shit til you’re done.

As for other future endeavors, one day he’ll die but then again so will you. Makes ya think, don’t it?

A potentially explosive collection of verbal irritants