Ben Greenman

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Ben Greenman is an editor at The New Yorker whose short fiction, journalism, and essays have appeared there, The New York Times, McSweeneys, The Paris Review, and Zoetrope: All Story. He is the author of several acclaimed books of fiction, including Superbad, Superworse, A Circle is a Balloon and Compass Both, Correspondences, and the novel Please Step Back. HIs new book of stories What He's Poised To Do: Stories was published in June of 2010.

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What He's Poised to Do: Sto...

3.63 avg rating — 289 ratings — published 2010 — 3 editions
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Dig If You Will the Picture...

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Emotional Rescue: Essays on...

2.48 avg rating — 532 ratings — published 2016 — 6 editions
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The Slippage

2.88 avg rating — 210 ratings — published 2013 — 3 editions
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Superbad: Stories and Pieces

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A Circle is a Balloon and C...

3.81 avg rating — 114 ratings — published 2007 — 7 editions
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Please Step Back

3.31 avg rating — 67 ratings — published 2009
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Superworse - The Novel: A R...

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Dig If You Will The Picture...

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“It seemed he was the perfect lover, at least for the moment. He did not live where you lived. He did not see you often enough, or for long enough, for you to grow bored, or to feel afraid that you were not feeling love---or worse, that you were. The perfection had a cost, which is that he was not in any true sense a real person. He was a coat you bought off the rack, an unsuperlative fashion statement.”
Ben Greenman, What He's Poised to Do: Stories

“I felt lonely, and in full possession of my loneliness. It was the first time I had owned anything of value.”
Ben Greenman, What He's Poised to Do: Stories

“...as Abe Lincoln said, I was sick from my stovepipe hat to the worn out soles of my shoes.”
Ben Greenman, Superbad: Stories and Pieces

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