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Ben Philippe

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Ben Philippe was born in Haiti, raised in Montreal, Canada, and resides in New York City where he teaches and writes for television. He is an alum of Columbia University and a graduate of the Michener Center for Writers of UT Austin. To this day, he still does not have a valid driver’s license, which is both #beautiful and #brave.

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Ben Philippe All your life you're told to stop being in your head so much. To go play with the other kids; to speak up in class; to join clubs. It's good advice, b…moreAll your life you're told to stop being in your head so much. To go play with the other kids; to speak up in class; to join clubs. It's good advice, but to be honest, I was always happy in my head? It was a good time.

The best part of being a writer is that no one tells you to stop spending time in there anymore. Instead, people start asking you what's happening in there and you even get to share a bit of it with the world, which is pretty cool.(less)
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Ben Philippe Thanks for the kind words! There are no sequels planned at the moment.

Although, I do love these messed up kids. Norris was just one more person with …more
Thanks for the kind words! There are no sequels planned at the moment.

Although, I do love these messed up kids. Norris was just one more person with baggage walking into Anderson High: they all have their own equally messy lives in my head. In a perfect world, a sequel would focus on one of these other characters with NK as a supporting character. Be it the cheerleader ready to be a little selfish, the manic pixie with a reputation, or Liam, who is low-key my favorite. Meredith & Pat have a whole thing, too. There's a notebook somewhere...

Anyway, no official sequel at the moment, ha. Ask me again in a few years?(less)
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“Why are you so mad at me?" Norris shouted back. The neighbors could definitely hear them now. His throat dry, but he didn't care. "I'm sorry if I interrupted one of your dates, or whatever, but I DID NOT DO ANYTHING! Ground me for leaving prom, ground me for drinking, but I didn't drive, I didn't have unprotected sex, I didn't even get high! You know that! You're supposed to be on my side here, Mom!"
"NO!" she hurled back. "Not on this, Norris" I can't be!"
"Why the hell not?!"
"You know damn well! Trayvon Martin," she began. "Tamir Rice, Cameron Tillman, so many others that I can't remember all their names anymore!"
Norris knew too well. It was almost a ritual, even back in Canada. They would sit as a family and watch quietly. "Be smart out there," Felix used to say.
"You're not a handsome blue-eyed little Ken doll who's going to get a slap on the wrist every time he messes up. That, tonight?" she said, pointing to the door. "Do you know what that was? Do you?!"
"I-"
"That was a fucking coin flip, Norris. That was the coin landing heads." Her finger dug into his chest, punctuating every other word she was saying, spittle flying at his face. "Heads. A good one. Officer Miller, who has four sons, and luckily, mercifully, thank Jesus saw someone else's kid back-talking him tonight."
She exhaled, her breath Thai-food hot against his face.
"Tails." Her voice broke. "Tails, and I would be at the morgue right now identifying you! With some man lecturing me about our blood alcohol level and belligerent language and how you had it coming.”
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