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Ben Tanzer is at it again...


My great friend Ben Tanzer has just published yet another book (his fourth overall, and second for CCLaP Publishing), entitled 99 Problems: Essays About Running and Writing. Inspired by Haruki Murakami's memoir What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, Ben's book is a lively account of his runs in various cities, during which he recounts not only the physical sensation of running and descriptions of his surroundings, but also his concurrent reflections on his writing-in-progress and personal life. Ordinarily I'd be less than enthused to read a book solely devoted to running (though in Ben's case I'd gladly read such a book anyway; such is fandom), but the way he weaves the running, writing and personal life elements together makes for a very brisk and entertaining read. Another winner from Ben's fertile imagination, and maybe the best thing he's written yet.

Like all CCLaP publications, the e-book is available on a Radiohead-style, pay-what-you-want basis, so there's really no excuse for skipping this one. Go get it.

August 16, 2010 in Books | Permalink


Thanks for these really nice thoughts about Ben's book, Pete. Just to remind people, as you say, payment is voluntary only, and those who download it for free get the exact same version as those who make a donation. I hope everyone will get a chance to check it out.

Posted by: Jason Pettus at Aug 16, 2010 7:29:35 PM

Hey man, this is very generous of you, and much, much appreciated.

Posted by: Ben Tanzer at Aug 17, 2010 10:58:12 AM