Much of Sanders’s power comes from the way he wields unvarnished thought. His narration often meanders between non-sequitur observations that most writers would keep to themselves and clear, declarative impressions of people and places that don’t necessarily contribute to any concrete plot goal, but at the same time provide a unique ambient tone.
This is a book that has drum and bass.
Matt Meets Vik chronicles the lifespan of a relationship and loneliness with humorous observations along the way.
– Paper Magazine
Matt looked into the redheaded woman’s eyes and said, “What’s your name?” He thought, “That sounded ok.” The redheaded woman said, “Vik,” and looked at Matt’s eyes. Matt thought, “Accent!” and said, “You have an accent. Where’re you from?” Vik said, “Czech Republic.” Matt said, “Czechoslovakia, cool,” and looked at her cheekbones. Vik said, “It’s Czech Republic,” and looked over Matt’s shoulder. Matt said, “It’s not Czechoslovakia?” and thought, “Already fucked it up.”
“I have no idea how Timothy Willis Sanders is able to accumulate so many small reflections into such a mesmerizing mass. Matt Meets Vik makes maybe the most stripped-down paragraphs I’ve ever seen somehow hold a hundred thousand colors, emotions, tones, like if there were a website that made you forget all other websites ever existed, or that you’re even still online. Hilarious, moving, insane, real.”
—Blake Butler, author of 300,000,000
“As I was reading Matt Meets Vik (and long after I’d finished), I couldn’t get the voice of ‘Matt’ out of my head, like it gave my inner monologue extra-charming-sounding subwoofers. Everything I did felt funnier and more important. There are only a few books that get in my head the way Matt Meets Vik has. This is one of my favorite books. I didn’t want it to end. I can see myself reading this many times.”
—Megan Boyle, author of selected unpublished blog posts of a mexican panda express employee
“Timothy Willis Sanders has replaced the need for food, water, and sleep with his literary genius. Matt Meets Vik > True love, world peace.”
—Mira Gonzalez, author of I will never be beautiful enough to make us beautiful together