Episode 29 — Ben Loory


Ben Loory is the guest.  He’s the author of the debut collection Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day, now available from Penguin.  Long a favorite of small zine readers in print and online, as well as a longtime contributor to The Nervous Breakdown, Ben’s career took off in 2010 when The New Yorker published his story “The TV.”

Topics of conversation include:  warts, needles, sunshine, The New Yorker, alligators, Harvard, Dennis Etchison, calculus, SAT scores, television, AFI, story structure, diagrams, moose, Santa Claus, screenwriting, mental hospitals, Darren Arnofsky, God, Echo Park, the grueling nature of writing, premeditation, and the subconscious.