Matthew Newton launches Shopping Mall, with Jason Diamond
September 14, 2017, 7:00 PM
Part memoir and part case study, Shopping Mall, by Matthew Newton, examines the modern mythology of the mall and shows that, more than a collection of stores, it is a place of curiosity, ritual, and fantasy. One of Pennsylvania’s first enclosed malls was near Matthew Newton's childhood home in Pittsburgh. It was a climate-controlled pleasuredome boasting waterfalls, fish ponds, an indoor ice skating rink larger than Rockefeller Center's, and an illuminated clock tower. It also became the backdrop for Dawn of the Dead, the late filmmaker George A. Romero's zombie opus. Shopping Mall arrives from the new publishing project Object Lessons, a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things. In conversation with Jason Diamond.
Matthew Newton is a writer, author, and editor from Western Pennsylvania, where he lives in the Electric Valley with his wife and two young sons. He has written essays, many about class and culture, for Guernica, The Oxford American, and The Rumpus, and his reporting has appeared in The Atlantic, Esquire, Forbes, and Spin.