Tuesday, November 6, 2012

CBC Radio


A long but worthwhile radio piece on the tunnels courtesy of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation:


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Vice magazine slideshow


I’ve been Facebook friends with Giles Clarke for almost a year and have been moved by his photos, which are taken with his iPhone. Here’s a slideshow he shot of people living in the underground flood channels of Vegas:


Sunday, October 7, 2012

Blue Angel Motel


My Week at the Blue Angel garners a mention in this rundown of bizarre statues and public art in Las Vegas:


Thursday, August 30, 2012

Postdiluvian


Some of you have wondered what happens to the people in the tunnels when it rains. I addressed that question recently on KNPR:


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Your chance to be in a movie!

I’ve been working with filmmaker Florent Tillon on this project and he definitely has a unique perspective on Vegas, and Josh Ellis and Jarret Keene are two of the best writers in town. I plan to be there:


Thursday, May 3, 2012

French TV review of BTN

It’s good to know there’s at least one major TV station in the world (France 24) that devotes time to book reviews. It’s also good to know that this particular critic seemed to enjoy Beneath the Neon, which was recently translated into French.


Sunday, April 29, 2012

‘Books By the Bed’

The website for the book We Wanted to Be Writers has a regular feature called “Books By the Bed,” which asks authors what they’re reading or planning to read. Here are the books by my bed:

http://wewantedtobewriters.com/2012/04/books-by-matthew-obriens-bed/

Monday, April 23, 2012

Going to UNLV

As some of you know, I applied to grad school (MFA creative writing) late last year and early this year. I ended up getting into UNLV and the University of Washington. Washington has an outstanding program, but UNLV, which also has a strong program, made the most sense financially, logistically and, in some cases, personally. So, it looks like I’ll start taking graduate classes and teaching undergrad courses at UNLV in late August.

I have mixed feelings about staying in Vegas another few years, but I’m certainly excited about this opportunity and challenge. I’ll keep you all updated, of course.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Huntington Press sale

Huntington Press is having a spring-clearance sale, with great deals on many of its titles, including a package price for Beneath the Neon and My Week at the Blue Angel. Check out all the deals here:

http://www.shoplva.com/collections/bargain-bin/

Monday, March 26, 2012

Documentary film project

French filmmaker Florent Tillon is aiming the lens at Las Vegas this summer. If you want to learn more about his project, and perhaps donate to it, visit http://www.touscoprod.com/project/produce?id=173.