Billy Lerner, the son of parking mogul, Jack Lerner is best known for his new age parking system business, iPark, and his non-profit, Billy4Kids. Benjamin S. Lerner (born February 4, 1979 ) is an American poet, novelist, essayist, and critic. [16], In 2008 Lerner began editing poetry for Critical Quarterly, a British scholarly publication. "[13] Lerner's 2019 novel, The Topeka School, was acclaimed in The New York Times Book Review as "a high-water mark in recent American fiction. His wife, Ariana Mangual, is a professor of education at Rutgers University. . As they stand side-by-side before the painting, Alex breaks the silence: “I’m 36 and single,” she says, “apropos of nothing.” Then she asks Ben if he will donate his sperm to her so she can have a child. “It’s like some weird homeopathic myth, that you avoid the novel but you are allowed to write one,” Lerner says. By the time of its publication, when he was 32, he was already a successful poet, with three published collections, a nomination for the National Book Award for poetry, and a teaching job at Brooklyn College. Photograph: Tim Knox for the Guardian, ome years ago, after eating one at a Japanese restaurant, the poet and novelist. Lerner Was Married to Businessman, Billy Lerner. Lerner was awarded the Hayden Carruth prize for his cycle of 52 sonnets, The Lichtenberg Figures. ‘The novel has to respond intelligently to this fact, which is that when you see a kid, you no longer necessarily assume the kid was made by two people having sex,” he says. But for Lerner the parallel gazes mark “Ben” as different – he is far more aware of the concerns of others around him. They await a collapse of their empire – expecting, either during a hurricane or Occupy Wall Street, a toppling of the social order – but somehow the moment never seems to arrive. "[11] Excerpts of Lerner's second novel, 10:04, won the Terry Southern Prize from The Paris Review. Benjamin S. Lerner (born February 4, 1979) is an American poet, novelist, essayist, and critic.He has been a Fulbright Scholar, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, a finalist for the National Book Award, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, a Howard Foundation Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a MacArthur Fellow, among other honors. “I think a lot of the time the book is talked about, like, ‘Oh here’s another Brooklyn novel by a guy with glasses,’” says Lerner, who wears glasses. [18] He has taught at California College of the Arts and the University of Pittsburgh, and in 2010 joined the faculty of the MFA program at Brooklyn College. Despite the traditional structure of his own nuclear family (Mangual was pregnant with their daughter during much of the time he was writing the book), Lerner wanted 10:04 to address the expanded spectrum of domestic arrangements. The narrator here could be seen as a continuation of Adam Gordon: he is a poet who has recently published his first novel; he is also from Topeka; he is a few years older. As it is, we talked a lot more than space here allows us to record. His first novel, Leaving the Atocha Station, begins with a scene in the Prado in Madrid. It’s a literary homage (the poet Charles Olson wrote an essay about the term) but also a refrain about the poor perceptual relationship of the individual to the social body. “I decided to write more fiction – something I’d promised my poet friends I wasn’t going to do,” says the main character in his book. He lives nearby and visits it often with his young daughter. Ben Lerner on Adolescence and His Forthcoming Novel. He likes being able to write about looking at art and also about “all this other kind of contingent stuff, like how you feel and how you slept, and who you’re in love with or not in love with”. [20] He received a 2015 MacArthur Fellowship.[21]. Whenever I’m lucky enough to hang out with Ben I wish it could go on for infinity. An American fiction author, essayist, and poet, he’s most widely known for his work, Angle of Yaw, that was a 2006 finalist for the Country wide Publication Award. As a downside of this nervous condition, the octopus has a poor concept of its overall position in space. [19], In 2016 Lerner became a Fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities. Lerner describes his first novel, a satire of the poetry world and serious young men, as “accidental”. [3], Lerner was born and raised in Topeka, Kansas, which figures in each of his books of poetry. Still, the poets tolerated a single attempt – even Ashbery wrote a novel. [4] He is a 1997 graduate of Topeka High School, where he participated in debate and forensics, winning the 1997 National Forensic League National Tournament in International Extemporaneous Speaking. A frame started to grow around them, and that frame became 10:04. [8], Lerner's first novel, Leaving the Atocha Station, published in 2011,[9] won the Believer Book Award[10] and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award for first fiction and the New York Public Library's Young Lions prize. When I first met him in Brooklyn earlier this summer, he and his wife, Ariana Mangual, a professor of Urban Education at the CUNY Graduate Center, were … [17] In 2016 he became the first poetry editor at Harper's. The Hatred of Poetry. In Lerner’s novel this New York is one of extreme luxury – a place where a baby octopus is imported from Portugal and then delicately massaged to death and served for lunch – but also constant insecurity, with a clear sense of an untenably unequal society. In the 1980s Nora Ephron asked whether women and men could be friends, a topic Lerner explores. Ben can also be found at many global industry events either building and nurturing relationships or on the stage. Her name appears twice in 10:04, but she does not figure as a character. [5] At Brown University he studied with poet C. D. Wright and earned a B.A. N ear the beginning of Ben Lerner’s third novel, a teenager named Adam Gordon creeps into what he thinks is his girlfriend’s house. Writing in The Guardian, Geoff Dyer called it "a work so luminously original in style and form as to seem like a premonition, a comet from the future. I was ashamed that the narrator’s biography, place of residence, membership of the Park Slope food co-op and sometimes insipid ethical dilemmas so neatly mirrored my own. Her name appears twice in 10:04, but she does not figure as a character. He went on the internet, where he learned that the cephalopod’s neurons are evenly distributed, and that as a result the octopus can taste anything it touches.

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