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Ben Winch

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Average rating: 3.38 · 24 ratings · 8 reviews · 3 distinct works
Liadhen

3.29 avg rating — 14 ratings — published 1995
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My Boyfriend’s Father

3.33 avg rating — 9 ratings — published 1996
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Literature remains, unfortunately, the romance of older, subtle men in love with one another, who shower one another with favours! Break out of that magic circle! Seek new inspirations! Allow a child, a puppy, a halfwit to seduce you, bind yourself t
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Ben Winch and 8 other people liked Jim Elkins's review of Nadja:
Nadja by André Breton
"I have written at length on this book on another site, writingwithimages.

For this review I only want to note an amazing obtuseness in this book. I suppose it could make sense to call this a psychoanalytic masterpiece, because of the time and plac..." Read more of this review »
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The Rings of Saturn by W.G. Sebald
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About 100 pages into The Rings of Saturn, in speaking of human rights activist and Irish martyr Roger Casement and his involvement in the Belgian Congo, W. G. Sebald writes:
In order to pre-empt any petitions for pardon that might have been made by pe
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Ben Winch and 21 other people liked John's review of The Rings of Saturn:
The Rings of Saturn by W.G. Sebald
"The epigraph informs us that the "rings" of the 6th planet are in fact nothing but rubble. Worse, I can't think of any recent work of imagination -- Sebald published during the 1990s -- that so exposes the wreckage that inevitably results from our..." Read more of this review »
Ben Winch and 37 other people liked Antonomasia's review of The Rings of Saturn:
The Rings of Saturn by W.G. Sebald
"So it turned out that I was going to get round to reading more Sebald (after Austerlitz, over three years ago), and it was going to be this one. And, unlike Austerlitz, which is incontrovertibly a novel, to read this was to experience the ur-text..." Read more of this review »
Ben Winch added a status update: Brief mention: I just released, as Light Traveller, the self-produced EP Same Stars Shine .
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Why I Have Not Written Any of My Books by Marcel Benabou
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In the beginning, a short sentence. Only half a dozen words; simple words, the first to come along, or almost the first. Assigned above all to mean that here ends a silence.
Okay, you got me. That’s good advice: “the first to come along, or almost the
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Hard Rain Falling by Don Carpenter
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This is a curio, unique and intense, though a casual glance might not reveal its uniqueness. Prose-wise, it’s impassioned, sometimes sophisticated, often clunky. It has the blunt urgency of the best pulp novels, mixed with a discursiveness which I pr ...more
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As must be obvious to anyone who’s read her, Clarice Lispector is an original. The Hour of the Star – until 2009 by far her most prominent work in English – is a dizzying game of mirror-selves, stark and unsparing, and to those unfamiliar with her wo ...more
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“Do birds arise from ashes?
Will 5 years bring the dawn?
Or will night neverending
Subdue the rooster's song?”
Ben Winch

“The highest purpose is to have no purpose at all. This puts one in accordance with nature, in her manner of operation.”
John Cage, Silence: Lectures and Writings

“But don't hunt for dissonance:
There is no such thing;
People dance to all tunes.”
Antonio Machado

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message 24: by Michael

Michael Ah, a new spring time avatar!


message 23: by Seemita

Seemita Thanks for befriending, Ben. I look forward to some interesting discussions over books!


Agnieszka Greetings from Poland , Ben!
Thank you for adding me and looking forward to discussing books with you .


message 20: by Maciek

Maciek Hi Ben! Thanks for the friend request. I enjoyed our conversation and hope for more. :)


message 19: by Eddie

Eddie Watkins Hey that's a good idea - organize into shelves - something to do at work that might give my work a little semblance of meaning.


Eldonfoil TH*E Whatever Champion That's a helluva photo you just put up!


message 17: by Maureen (last edited Feb 27, 2013 02:27PM)

Maureen the interweb lockdown thingy i am experimenting with is called "stay focused". it is a free downloadable extension you can add to google chrome (that's my web browser of choice). i'm guessing there's probably similar extension apps for firefox (but probably not IE). i'm also certain there's probably something you can buy that would manage all of them but i like free. :) anyway, i'm still figuring out how to use it but basically you have a few different options: you can set a certain amount of minutes per day for "free" web browsing of blocked sites -- so say, facebook, goodreads, zooborns -- stuff you wouldn't need for work -- you set this list yourself. or you can "go nuclear" which basically locks you out of the internet (you can choose the whole thing, everything but what's on an allowed list, everything on the block list) for a certain time period. it will nag at you if you try to give yourself more time, and laud you if you cut down.

definitely worth checking out for free (they obviously would appreciate donations but i'm holding off until i see that it actually works -- i have 80 minutes left today and it's 5:27 pm here. :)


message 16: by Maureen

Maureen what's this? ben winch is in my newsfeed! hurray! now to keep my fingers crossed that there's a review to read when i sign back on tomorrow -- i put one of those interweb lockdown things on my browsers so i would be more productive, and it's shutting me down in ten minutes.

if there's no review, it was still nice to see you! hope all is well in loveland! :) mo/xo


message 15: by Eddie

Eddie Watkins I'm going through a nonverbal phase. Pay no attention to what I say.


Eldonfoil TH*E Whatever Champion Babywipe wrote: "You talk too much, now shut up and bend over."

What a harvest!!!!


message 13: by Eddie (last edited Dec 20, 2012 03:32PM)

Eddie Watkins You talk too much, now shut up and bend over.


message 12: by Miriam

Miriam I like the new profile photo. That spot looks very restful. And I assume from your smile that you are not lost in the wilderness.


message 11: by Ben

Ben Winch Richard wrote: "Thanks for accepting the friend request. I look forward to more reviews like that great one of Poe!"

Hey no problems Richard. Glad you liked the Poe review and I'll try not to disappoint. (Poe is pretty serious inspiration, however.)


message 10: by Richard (last edited Aug 29, 2012 10:57PM)

Richard Thanks for accepting the friend request. I look forward to more reviews like that great one of Poe!


message 9: by Ben (last edited Aug 28, 2012 10:04PM)

Ben Winch Just got a massive shipment of books to unpack so I'll make this brief... Yeah, save the brain juice, I'm all for that. And sure I'll let ya know if some new short storyist blows my mind. (Have you read 'The Decapitated Chicken' yet?) And, uh, I don't have a driveway. Bye for now.


message 8: by Maureen (last edited Aug 28, 2012 09:42PM)

Maureen aha! thank you for the heads up! :)

you are right: i am truly dedicated to the short story form, and i'm keenly aware that this seems to be counter to the "big book" loving literary public. i started moby dick last year, and was enjoying it but i lost it because it was so big, and didn't conveniently fit in my satchel. and i am not good at liking what the kids like today -- you'd think i would have been all over the lydia davis stories, but i only really liked the weird ones. :) as for mr. loory, we can agree to disagree, but i appreciate the point that i should focus on my own work. time's a-wasting. and i should stop giving out all this great brain goo for free. :)

i will still write you a letter at some point though, because i like to rant about books, to people who like books even if they don't love the books i am currently ranting about. :P

i liked one of those steve milhauser stories a lot. it had a frog wife. i am still thinking about it every day. for the rest of the collection, well, i always think that even if i am not bowled over, if i am learning something about writing it's worth my time. and i think i learned quite a bit there. the tiptree is a fine writer -- obviously mentally conflicted but very inspirational. i still have a bunch of books that you turned me onto to get out of the way, but do let me know if there's anything really edifying will you? if you remember? :)

mo
xo


p.s. i will come park in your driveway in my RV, and bum your power and wifi someday. i take this gypsy business seriously. :)

p.p.s. i am aware the above involves crossing over at least one massive body of water. :)


message 7: by Ben

Ben Winch Maureen wrote: "p.p.s. have you read this steve milhauser fellow? i am madly in love with one of his stories. i am also reading james tiptree, jr, who is kicking my butt a wee bit. i wish i had one of the voice re..."

Hey again Mo. Nah I haven't read either of them. I'm not much of an expert on American writers - they're just above the English on my 'over-hyped under-deliverers' list. But if a name keeps nagging at me I'll usually follow it up. That Tiptree is pretty sexy-looking for a sci-fi writer.

Was thinking the other day, you're one of the few short story fans I've met on here; half the other folks here seem to read 'em the way most authors write 'em, as time out from the main event.

Speaking of which, nah, you don't owe me a letter, so long as you aren't bummed that I criticised that Loory fellow. And gypsy is good.


Maureen p.p.s. have you read this steve milhauser fellow? i am madly in love with one of his stories. i am also reading james tiptree, jr, who is kicking my butt a wee bit. i wish i had one of the voice recognition software dealies because my fingers are too tired to type a letter, which i think i owe you. but this is a fragmented missive and i hope it will do for now. :)


Maureen i never noticed that you replied to this. i think reply should automatically appear on my wall, but whatever. you have a big posse now. look at you roll! :)

mo
xo

p.s. i would like a teleporting machine. do you have a line on one of those? failing that i've decided i need a driver's license and a motor home before i die in the gutter. the other day somebody characterized this as a gypsy lifestyle, and hey, i don't think that'd be at all bad.


message 4: by Ben

Ben Winch Maureen wrote: "did i tell you i finally got a copy of quiroga's decapitated chicken and other stories? i bought it used from betterworldbooks and some pages are falling out so i'm going to have to do emergency su..."
Good to hear it! I was just about to recommend that very book to Kris. Hope you like it.


Maureen did i tell you i finally got a copy of quiroga's decapitated chicken and other stories? i bought it used from betterworldbooks and some pages are falling out so i'm going to have to do emergency surgery, but i'm excited to read it. :) mo/xo


message 2: by Ben

Ben Winch Kris wrote: "Thanks so much for accepting my friend request, Ben. I'm enjoying our Cercas conversation tonight - looking forward to many more book discussions with you. :)"

Hey no problems Kris. I thought I'd already befriended you, but maybe I was just following your reviews.


message 1: by Kris

Kris Thanks so much for accepting my friend request, Ben. I'm enjoying our Cercas conversation tonight - looking forward to many more book discussions with you. :)


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