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    Bruce Benderson

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    “I’ve been called ‘transgressive’ during the length of my career—and often ignored as a result,” Bruce Benderson has said (in a conversation for Evergreen magazine). He is also that old-fashioned phenomenon: a writer who is not afraid to have unpopular, often provocative opinions. In his lengthy career he has roamed freely between novels, short stories, essays, and memoir, including The Romanian: Story of an Obsession which won the prestigious Prix de Flore in France. His book-length essay, Toward the New Degeneracy (1997), was a cris de coeur for the lost era of Times Square, when drugs, sex, and commerce commingled. He  has written for the New York Times Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Libération, and Out, among many other publications, and is a translator of books from French including Alain Robbe-Grillet who appears on this list of ten favorite books. Benderson’s latest publication is Urban Gothic: The Complete Stories. Below are Bruce Benderson's favorite books, available to purchase individually or as a set. See the full list...

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    F. Murray Abraham


    History of Art

    Horst W. Janson 

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    Vladimir Nabokov

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    William Boyd


    The Heart of the Matter

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    Brendan Slocumb


    How the Word is Passed

    Clint Smith

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    Joyce Maynard


    Several Short Sentences About Writing

    Verlyn Klinkenborg

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    Kurt Vonnegut

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    Michaela Coel


    The Book of Eels

    Patrik Svensson 

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    Mike White


    My Lives

    Edmund White

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    Nathaniel Rich


    Epochs of Nature

    Georges-Louis Leclerc le Comte de Buffon

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