Ben Ryder Howe

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Ben Ryder Howe

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Ben Ryder Howe has written for The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly and Outside, and his work has been selected for Best American Travel Writing.

Average rating: 3.40 · 2,960 ratings · 505 reviews · 3 distinct works · Similar authors
My Korean Deli: Risking It ...
3.39 of 5 stars 3.39 avg rating — 2,933 ratings — published 2010
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Begrabt mein Herz im Tiefkü...
3.0 of 5 stars 3.00 avg rating — 1 rating — published 2010
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In Partial Disgrace
4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 27 ratings — published 2013 — 4 editions
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My Korean Deli by Ben Ryder Howe
"If this book had been fiction, it would have been way, way over the top. I mean, what the heck were these people thinking, abandoning prestigious white collar jobs to buy a convenience store in a semi-sketchy neighborhood in downtown Brooklyn with..." Read more of this review »
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“Forgetting what it’s like to suffer can be a good thing, since suffering can make people too cutthroat for society’s good. But suffering also breeds certain capacities that are easily lost, such as the ability to focus and a willingness to engage with conflict.”
Ben Ryder Howe, My Korean Deli: Risking It All for a Convenience Store

“...when you’re property-hunting and you’re running out of patience it’s easy to make bad decisions. New York in particular has a way of making people twist reality in their heads. Who cares if the apartment is beneath a flamenco studio? I’ll get used to the noise! Yeah, I know the whole apartment has only one window facing a brick wall, but I’m never at home during the day.”
Ben Ryder Howe, My Korean Deli: Risking It All for a Convenience Store

“The problem is that when you’re not fighting for survival, it’s easy to stop making decisions and fall into the trap of thinking you don’t have to. Ambivalence is a luxury; thinking you can have it both ways is virtually synonymous with being spoiled.”
Ben Ryder Howe, My Korean Deli: Risking It All for a Convenience Store

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