If I want you to take one thing away from this blog post, it's that Matt Haines does not support wearing blackface. In fact, nobody who works at MattHainesWrites.com (it's just me) supports wearing blackface. I've never worn blackface and I'll never wear blackface. But there's a big difference between the two halves of that… Continue reading Et Tu, Justin Trudeau?
Anyone who knows anything about the New York Giants and New York Mets will understand why I don't want to talk about the New York Giants and New York Mets today. So let's get right into it! I recently got asked to write a series for Very Local New Orleans in which I interview a… Continue reading Developing My Interviewing Chops
I was putzing around on WordPress today and discovered there are way more blog readership statistics available to me than I originally knew. Of course, because my readership sample size is...growing...diving deeply into most of the stats isn't especially useful. (Five percent of not-a-lot-of-readers is *calculating...calculating...* not a lot of information.) Which makes the particular… Continue reading The Best $100 You’ll Spend This Year
I wrote an article about a local landmark recently and am left wondering how much history we're getting wrong.
I saw a lot of movies last week, and Luce stands out!
The title says it all. What in the hell am I supposed to write about in this thing? I've been thinking about why I've had so much trouble blogging regularly in the past. Here are a few of the reasons I came up with: It takes time. I'm already pretty packed as it is. In… Continue reading What the Heck Do I Write About on This Thing?
About a year ago (actually, a year minus a week ago), I successfully pitched my first article to The New Orleans Advocate. At that point (early-April 2018), I had been back from my Appalachian Trail hike for almost six months and decided I wanted to try to make a living as a writer. Back in… Continue reading How Do You Measure a Year? (At MattHainesWrites.com)
I'm spending the night in Fort Stockton, Texas because -- if I tried to drive to the next town -- I would fall asleep and take this mid-size SUV off a cliff. Here's a few things about that first sentence: 1) I'm heading to Big Bend National Park. I'll be in the park for about… Continue reading I’m Driving in a Car!
Good morning! Here's another excerpt from the Appalachian Trail book I'm working on. It takes place on my birthday, a little more than four months before I left for the hike. I wrote this bit awhile ago, but recently revisited it. It's unique for a non-fiction book, because -- in addition to their external dialogue… Continue reading Book Excerpt: Laying in Bed Before a Break-up
The first half of the day was normal enough. Worked on the Appalachian Trail book for a little bit, went for a jog, and conducted an interview for an article I'm writing about the *get ready* 2019 Danny Barker Banjo & Guitar Festival. I taught at the after-school program for a bit, doled out some… Continue reading Welcome to the Latkepocalypse