Ben George

Ben George is a senior editor at Little, Brown and Company. Prior to joining Little, Brown he was an editor at Viking Penguin and before that the editor of Ecotone and co-founder and editorial director of Lookout Books.

Tempus Fugit

Certain lines in the English language feel so familiar and so true that you experience them as part of the ether. They don’t belong to any one person. They belong to everybody. You breathe, in an exchange with the world,…

Blinded by the Light

Born under a bad sign I been down since I began to crawl If it wasn’t for bad luck I wouldn’t have no luck at all            —William Bell Who said you should be happy?


Three days before Christmas we got an unexpected telephone call here. Unexpected because the party on the other end of the line was the New York Times. We hadn’t spoken to them before, but it was a pleasant introduction,

Élan Vital

 we all have our origins in a particular sex act, and we’re all headed for the dirt. Philip Roth, the American writer who brings sex and death together most often and most credibly, reminds us in his novel The Dying…


The first thing I learned about her was that she was dead. Her short story “The Hill” had just walloped me. I was still feeling a little blindsided and concussed on finishing it—my fingers tingling—and so her obituary was an…

A Conversation with Ben Fountain

Notes to self on becoming a multi-award-winning fiction writer who will be termed a genius by the New Yorker: 1) Quit ascendant law career 2) Write for six to seven hours every day for twelve years, publishing an occasional story…