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Yells For Ourselves

Coming in 2018 from Inkshares: A story New York City and the New York Mets at the dawn of the millennium. Read a preview and preorder here.

Amazin’ Avenue

Matthew Callan word-yakked ’bout the Mets on a nigh daily basis for Amazin’ Avenue from 2010-2014. Archives of angry posts about those lean years can be found right about here.

Essays and such

A specially curated selection of Matthew Callan’s choice non-fictional essaying and podcast appearances throughout the interwebs.

What my father the pathological liar taught me about Trump
June 7, 2017

Grand slam single
SB Nation, October 9, 2014

Inside the final days of The Best Show on WFMU
The Onion AV Club, February 19, 2014

Excerpt from Hang A Crooked Number
Stymie Magazine, October 21, 2013

Episode #46 of Jason Sims Puts You In Your Place
October 16, 2013
Mr. Callan discusses his novel, Joe Shlabotnik, and almost being murdered in the wilds of Canarsie

The Story Behind Baseball’s Most Successful Slogan
Baseball Prospectus, April 23, 2013

Where the Crazy Closer Comes From
Baseball Prospectus, April 9, 2013

The Man Behind the Brilliant Media Hoax of “I, Libertine”
The Awl, February 14, 2013

2012 Christmas Stories
Keeping Score at Home, January 3, 2013
WPRB’s Jon Solomon asked me to share a Christmas story as part of his fantastic annual 24-hour holiday music marathon. I told a tale of Eggbert, the talking Christmas egg. You can hear my story and all the others from the 2012 marathon at that there link.

Called Out: The Forgotten Baseball Umpires Strike of 1999
The Classical, October 2, 2012

Consider The Umpire
The Classical, September 11, 2012

The Night Bobby Valentine Lurked
The Classical, July 20, 2012

New York Times’ Public Editor’s Public Editor Is an Accidental Impostor
New York Observer
, July 10, 2012

Getting to No, With Johan Santana (Or Anyone)
The Classical, June 5, 2012

John Rocker Is the Worst at Everything, Including Baseball
Vice, June 5, 2012

The Most Uncompromising Punk Compilation Ever
Low Times, May 18, 2012

Bud Selig Continues to Be Bud Selig
The Classical, March 2, 2012

Elijah Dukes Is Actually That Crazy
Vice, February 24, 2012

The Secret Record Reviews of J. Edgar Hoover
Low Times, February 21, 2012

The Classical, February 17, 2012

Billboard’s Review of Mitch Miller’s Prog Record
Low Times, February 13, 2012

Report: What City Was Built on Rock and Roll?
Low Times,  February 7, 2012

Look Upon the Marlins’ Home-Run Celebration, Ye Mighty, And Despair
Vice, February 2, 2012

The Looney Tunes 50th Anniversary Special
Splitsider, February 1, 2012

Time to Wallow in the Mire
The Classical, January 25, 2012

Some Like It Hotline
Low Times, December 19, 2011

 “El Capitan”
Soundtrack Series, January 18, 2012

Baseball’s Hall of Shame
The Classical, December 13, 2011

Cherry Cherry Christmas
Low Times, December 13, 2011

Bad Parenting, Albert Pujols, and the YouTube Temptation
The Classical, December 9, 2011

Grinning From Eyeball to Ear: The Psychic Timebomb of Steampipe Alley
Splitsider, October 25, 2011

“It’s All My Fault, Although I Also Blame Others”: The Curious Case of the Ed Grimley Cartoon
Splitsider, July 5, 2011


Several of Matthew Callan’s short stories have appeared in Newtown Literary Journal. Namely: “The Poor Entrance” (Spring/Summer 2017) “Don’t Say I Never Gave You Nothin” (Spring/Summer 2016); and “My Place,” (Spring/Summer 2015). Go check ’em out here.

Another of his stories, “I Need to Know If You Have the Mask,” appeared in Winter 2016 issue of Sixfold; peep it here.

His novel Hang A Crooked Number was released in 2013 to resounding yawns and is currently unavailable. The morbidly curious can check out excerpts pubbed at Stymie and The Classical here.

He also has a myriad of short stories and novella that some of the world’s most prestigious literary magazines have soundly ignored. If they ever appear anywheres, you’ll be the first to know.


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