Veronica Remsbottom 8:43 p.m., March 26
As an undergraduate at Thomas Aquinas College near Ojai, California, Matthew Lickona co-founded and ran The Hype, a college lit-mag printed on the school's copier and sold at a dollar a copy to pay off speeding tickets acquired while trying to make movie times in Los Angeles. This may or may not have helped him to land a job at the Reader upon graduation in 1995, but the paper did reprint some of his collegiate Easter Island-based cartoons, and later, his Mudflap Girls series. He has been at the paper ever since, in a variety of capacities: feature writer, wine columnist, church reviewer, restaurant critic, television columnist, editor at large, and now, film critic. Plus some other stuff under various pseudonyms.
Some samples of his early writing at the Reader:
March 20, 1997, page 54 Men Will Rise to the Level Women Demand of Them
Oct. 16, 1997, page 50 Pistol Pete Was Fat in All the Right Places(cattle insemination)
Oct. 30, 1997, page 46 My Darling Droolbucket(one of the Daddy columns)
June 18, 1998, page 26 Dah Always Wins
March 20, 2003, page 59 Domestic Spy
He is the author of a couple of books (Swimming with Scapulars, Surfing with Mel), and his essays have appeared in places like The Awl, FirstThings.com, and Doublethink. In his spare time, he likes to write movie pitches and country songs.
Articles by Matthew Lickona
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