Laura Sewell Matter

Laura Sewell Matter writes nonfiction and teaches high school English in Albuquerque. Matter’s essay “Hell and Reason” is adapted from a biographical work-in-progress about Charles Fisk; her earlier essays in our pages are “Franz Schubert Dreamt of Indians” (Spring 2010) and “Pursuing the Great Bad Novelist” (Fall 2007).

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Hell and Reason

In February 1943, as a boy just shy of his eighteenth birthday, Charles Fisk wrote home to his parents in Massachusetts: “The work I am doing means nothing to me. That is, I don’t understand what the object of it is. Of course, the principle of the whole thing is secrecy, and I am just […]

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