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MATTHEW ASPREY GEAR is an Australian writer. His book 'At The End of the Street in the Shadow: Orson Welles and the City' is now available from Wallflower Press/Columbia University Press.
He is one of the founding editors of Contrappasso Magazine. His work has appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Senses of Cinema, Bright Lights Film Journal, Crime Factory, PopMatters, Island, Extempore, and Over My Dead Body! Many of his novellas are available in chapbook and ebook formats. In 2011 Matthew Asprey Gear graduated with a PhD in Media Studies at Macquarie University in Sydney. He has lectured on cinema and creative writing.
Some of his work is published under the name Matthew Asprey. It’s all his.
on Feb. 08, 2012 :
This novella about making an indie movie reminded me of a cross between “Hearts of Darkness” (a documentary about one or two, er, minor difficulties encountered by Francis Ford Coppola during the making of the film “Apocalypse Now”) and “The Beach” by Alex Garland (“Lord of the Flies” for the backpacker generation) - but with the action shifted from south-east Asia to Greece during the first throes of the financial crisis. It’s well written and sharply observed, with a very distinctive narrative voice. Although short (18,000 words), it’s just the length it needs to be (I am fed up with 400 page tomes that could have said what needed to be said in a quarter of that length – long live the novella!). For a longer review, see:
(review of free book)
on Sep. 22, 2011 :
A humorous yet heartfelt telling of an expat’s travels through unsettled, anarchic Greece, conveying the universal disenchantment at the loss of reason in the very place democracy was born, and how this has affected travellers and locals alike. Richly told and explored characters, intimate rendezvous and lively dialogue. A piquant story not overshadowed by the tone of sincere admiration for a world during a defining point in history, brilliantly and faithfully illustrated and brought to life through the author. Told from an endearing personal account that is both salacious and poignant.
(review of free book)