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Ben Marcus

GOD-BURNING SYSTEM: Method of Thompsonian self-immolation. For each Thompson, there exist flammable outcrops or limbs which rub onto the larger body of Thompson (Perkins), rendering morning fires and emberage that lights the sky and advances the time of a given society or culture.

Ben Marcus is the author of three books of fiction: Notable American Women, The Father Costume, and The Age of Wire and String. His novel, The Flame Alphabet, is forthcoming from Pantheon. His stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in numerous publications, including Harper's, The Paris Review, The Believer, The New York Times, Salon, McSweeney's, Time, Conjunctions, Nerve, Black Clock, Grand Street, Cabinet, Parkett, The Village Voice, Poetry, and BOMB. He is the editor of The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories, and for several years he was the fiction editor of Fence. He has recently served as the guest fiction editor for Guernica Magazine. He is a 2009 recipient of a grant for Innovative Literature from the Creative Capital Foundation. In 2008 he received the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and he has also received a Whiting Writers Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in fiction, three Pushcart Prizes, and a fiction fellowship from the Howard Foundation of Brown University, where he taught for several years before joining the faculty at Columbia University's School of the Arts.

Ben Marcus, from The Religion
T H E M A N activity looks like many other tasks. An overhead view shows your man in your choice of terrain, accompanied by certain fellow living creatures such as slow-moving children and older, less relevant persons which can do no harm. An occasional bald eagle soars overhead and fellow men sniff at you in greeting. Your man can run walk, sleep, drink, eat, and, of course, weep and die.

Selections from Ben Marcus' work:

These selections are also included in The Age of Wire and String, published in 1995 by Knopf.

The Religion
Air Trance 16
The Golden Monica
Automobile, Watchdog
Bird to the North, Act of Wind
Accountant, Vessel of Notice
The Food Costumes of Montana
Landing on Floating Island of the Gods

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