Benjamin Rubenstein

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Benjamin Rubenstein began writing his memoir, Twice How I Became a Cancer-Slaying Super Man Before I Turned 21, while attending college at the University of Virginia where he also began blogging on cancerslayerblog. Twice published in 2010, and his book for people age 10 and older, Secrets of the Cancer-Slaying Super Man, published in 2014. He now writes stories that live in the space between memoir and fiction. In 2018, Benjamin earned his Master of Fine Arts in creative writing degree from University of Southern Maine's Stonecoast program.

Benjamin also speaks about adapting to life's challenges and teaches classes on how to write using plain English. Find him around Washington, D.C., both writing and sitting there not actually writing but
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My Tribute to Kobe Bryant

I obsessed over finding statistics to demonstrate that Kobe Bryant played basketball better than anyone not named Michael Jordan; I obsessed over labeling him “the best basketball player on the planet.” Kobe inspired me more than most others inspired me.

Why Kobe? Actually, I can no longer remember the reason I adored him. It’s like how you remember great speeches for how they made you feel as opp Read more of this blog post »
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In Pharaoh's Army by Tobias Wolff
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Just like Wolff did in "This Boy's Life," he writes here in language that is direct, sparse, clear, and not in any way to solicit we readers' pity. He's one of the most crisp authors I've encountered, and it's g-damn beautiful. Here's an example, whi ...more
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This Boy's Life by Tobias Wolff
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I loved this spare story that shows as well as most anything what it's like to grow up as a boy with all the pressures, rejections, anxieties, and failures. It doesn't force drama or embellish; it just tells the story. That makes me recall some other ...more
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The Best People in the World by Justin Tussing
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I think this is about the joys and pains and adventures and humanity of new love. And it's told in the form of a story that moves so fast the author doesn't really provide context. That's strange at first, to start reading a new scene without much of ...more
The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved by Hunter S. Thompson
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The Laws of Medicine by Siddhartha Mukherjee
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This is a fine little book, though I read it just because Siddhartha Mukherjee authored it and I'll read anything of his. I guess that makes him like my grown-up version of Roald Dahl as a kid.
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The Gene by Siddhartha Mukherjee
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I listened to this and watched the PBS documentary of the same name back-to-back, so I can't distinguish precisely what I learned from this version of the story. Combined, they changed my paradigm on what it means to be both human and a living being ...more
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Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli
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I keep reading/listening to books on spacetime, and I keep failing to comprehend. This is another example of that. But it's ok because I sorta got one takeaway, which is that time is meaningless (perhaps that is not Carlo's intended takeaway, but tha ...more
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In the Lake of the Woods by Tim O'Brien
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I've come a long way in my ability to absorb literary fiction over the past four years, yet sometimes I'm still lost. This book is an example of me needing to continue reading deep books full of subtext and metaphor to become a better reader. What ac ...more
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Dad's Maybe Book by Tim O'Brien
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I read "The Things They Carried" a few years ago, and lately I've been reading Tim O'Brien's other published books. All of them. But only while listening to this one did I realize there was a 17-year gap between his latest (this) and penultimate book ...more
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A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
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