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Benjamin Rubenstein
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Talk To Me: Me, My Dad, and Foul-Tasting Medicine
When Justin Halpern's hilarious hit book Shit My Dad Says  published, I thought, I wish I thought of that first! My dad has been sharing with me his goofball stories, philosophies, and OCD-like behaviors my whole life. I have written about him, of course in...
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Continued Phallic Stage
My first fiction story to publish is about a penile operation. During my first residency at Stonecoast , everyone talked about "submitting." I knew what that meant—my agent and I had submitted my first book about a hundred times before landing a publisher. ...
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The Fiction-Writing Guide Worthy of Dave Eggers and God
I am afraid to write fiction. Two months ago I wrote a jokey blog about being in over my head in my writing program despite having authored two memoirs and an essay that got anthologized. But there is truth in comedy. Compared to the personal stories I've b...
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Our Safari in Tanzania
For me, few things are more fun—and time-consuming—than creating videos. In February I went on an incredible group safari in Tanzania, in eastern Africa, through the nonprofit First Descents which sends young cancer survivors on free adventure trips. I made...
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My Batman-Loving Colleague's Opportunity of a Lifetime
I write a lot: for work and school , as a hobby, in my sleep. It is usually not appropriate for me to publish what I write for work, but I can in this case. Yesterday this story I wrote about my colleague published in my organization's newsletter. Enjoy. * ...
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FDX Africa: This is Way Better Than ‘Planet Earth’
Last month I traveled to Tanzania in east Africa and I wrote this story about my trip. As published in the First Descents blog My new friend Spaceballs and I walk through the tall grass at the Lake Manyara Rift Valley and enter the clearing where zebras, ja...
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Post on the Bulletin Board at Your Own Risk
People will draw funny things on marketing material. If you're going to post something on your apartment building's bulletin board then assume the worst will happen to it. I noticed this in my elevator. No, I didn't draw on it—someone did that before I got ...
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I interviewed my dad about his time managing a division during the 1995 government shutdown, the value of health, and foul-tasting medicine
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My Greatest Professional Accomplishment Was a Bureaucratic Miracle
When we achieve our all-time greatest professional accomplishment, we know it right away. Like Dr. Carl June developing a novel way to treat cancer, Mark Sanchez not throwing an interception, and me breaking through bureaucracy in the U.S. federal governmen...
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Writing Exercise: Develop Your Craft by Alternating Perspectives
If you want to improve your writing technique then—just like building physical strength and endurance— exercise . One of the books I read for school , The Art of Fiction by John Gardner, offers many writing exercises. One is to take a simple event and descr...
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I went on an incredible safari in Tanzania in eastern Africa earlier this year. See my funny video about the trip.
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Nine Years of Blogging
Last Friday I was on a plane headed to Sarasota, Florida, where that night I was the guest speaker at services at Temple Beth Israel, and will speak again at its adult education class Monday. I rehearsed my talking points on the plane. I opened my speech wi...
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    To discuss booking me for speaking, please send an email to Jonathan@cancerslay.in. To discuss potential articles for your site or publication, email me at Benjamin@cancerslay.in.
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Washington, DC
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I'm the author of the "Cancer-Slaying Super Man" books and I love jellybeans
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I write and speak about health and feeling like a superhuman. Connect with me on Twitter and Facebook. You can also subscribe to cancerslayerblog.
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I've never seen CSI or Law & Order
Education
  • University of Southern Maine
    Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, 2016 - present
  • University of Virginia
  • Osbourn Park High School
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