Writing

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Paris In Between — A Novel

Benjamin Jacobs moves to Paris with the goal of reaching Layer 3 of Parisian life, where Layer 1 is the ooh-Eiffel-Tower tourist, Layer 2 is the one-year expat who speaks the language a bit and has some sense for the neighborhoods, and Layer 3 is a person who can really strum it. His prospects for a Victorious Return back to the US, however, fade as the book he’s working on requires more revisions, the business he’s been ideating proves unfeasible, and the ballet dancer he’s courting rebuffs him.

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Minor Technicality — A Short Story Collection

Inspired by the #metoo movement, each of the 33 stories in this collection imagines an extreme setting in which sexual assault's gray areas are breached. Examples of such settings include (1) the last female human in an alien zoo being forced to mate with a man she finds repulsive and (2) a sex robot who tells her owner she’s not in the mood. Ultimately and darkly, through its absurdism, it presents readers with the quandary: Is it morally irresponsible to be entertained by what I'm reading? 

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Good Things Also Happen — A Novel

Twenty-eight-year-old Fréderic L’Enfant doesn’t just want to feel younger, he wants to physically re-inhabit his childhood body. To do so, his first solution is to create a company that hypnotizes adults into feeling like kids before setting them loose on an adult-sized playground. His second solution is to get drunk with a giant red exercise ball that he calls Glarg and date a 16-year-old girl. His final solution is to disappear. The main question posed by Fréderic’s story is: How does an adult reconcile the fact that he’s moving further-and-further away from his youth? 

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Journalism — Articles I wrote for The Atlantic

For one year I had the privilege of working as an Editorial Fellow at The Atlantic. While I was very low-level and most of the day-to-day involved copy-editing and transcribing interviews, I was able to publish 12 articles, carving out a beat that I describe as "international cultural quirks". Article subjects include sauna culture in Finland, rules for touching members of the British royal family, and medical coverage for those who winter in Antarctica.

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