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On not growing up

A story from Ben Marcus's latest collection, "Leaving the Sea"

By Ben Marcus   April 2014



Ben Marcus is one of America’s most adventurous writers. His new story collection, Leaving the Sea, is his fifth book. Discussing the story below, Marcus says, “I was thinking about how to take a highly questionable idea—that babyhood is a state of being we should never advance from—and allow a hostile spokesperson, an adult child, to make his case. I’m attracted to the language of experts, people too sure of themselves, fatally certain about preposterous ideas. I sometimes wonder if we would believe anything…

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