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BEN MARCUS reads from his new collection of stories NOTES FROM THE FOG

Notes from the Fog: Stories (Knopf Publishing)

With these thirteen transfixing, ingenious stories, Ben Marcus gives us timely dystopian visions of alienation in a modern world--cosmically and comically apt. Never has existential catastrophe been so much fun.

In "The Grow-Light Blues," a hapless, corporate drone finds love after being disfigured testing his employer's newest nutrition supplement--the enhanced glow from his computer monitor. A father finds himself outcast from his family when he starts to suspect that his son's precocity has turned sinister in the chilling "Cold Little Bird." In "Blueprints for St. Louis," two architects in a flailing marriage consider the ethics of artificially inciting emotion in mourners at their latest assignment--a memorial to a terrorist attack. 

In the bizarre but instantly recognizable universe of Ben Marcus's fiction, characters encounter both surreal new illnesses and equally surreal new cures. Marcus writes beautifully, hilariously, and obsessively, about sex and death, lust and shame, the indignities of the body, and the full parade of human folly. A heartbreaking collection of stories that showcases the author's compassion, tenderness, and mordant humor. Blistering, beautiful work from a modern master.

Ben Marcus is the author of four books of fiction: Notable American Women, The Father Costume, The Age of Wire and String, and The Flame Alphabet, and he is the editor of The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories. His stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in Harper’s, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, McSweeney’s, The Believer, The New York Times, Salon, and Time. He is the recipient of a Whiting Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in fiction, and three Pushcart Prizes. He lives in New York City.

Ben Marcus photo by Chris Doyle

Event date: 
Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 7:30pm
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1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Notes from the Fog: Stories Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781101947456
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Published: Knopf - August 21st, 2018

New American Stories (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
By Ben Marcus (Editor)
$17.95
ISBN: 9780804173544
Availability: Backordered
Published: Vintage - July 21st, 2015

Age of Wire and String: Stories (American Literature (Dalkey Archive)) Cover Image
$12.50
ISBN: 9781564781963
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Published: Dalkey Archive Press - September 1st, 1998

The Flame Alphabet (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780307739971
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Published: Vintage - November 13th, 2012

Leaving the Sea: Stories (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780307739988
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Published: Vintage - October 7th, 2014

The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories Cover Image
By Ben Marcus (Editor)
$16.00
ISBN: 9781400034826
Availability: Not in stock. Available To Order.
Published: Anchor - August 10th, 2004

The Father Costume: Ben Marcus and Matthew Ritchie Cover Image
By Matthew Ritchie (Artist), Ben Marcus (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
$20.00
ISBN: 9781891273032
Availability: Special Order
Published: Artspace Books - May 2nd, 2002

Notable American Women: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780375713781
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Published: Vintage - March 19th, 2002