Ben Marcus is the author of several books, including The Flame Alphabet (2012) and The Age of Wire and String (1995). His most recent book is Leaving the Sea (2014). His fiction has appeared in Conjunctions, Harper’s, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Granta, Tablet, and other publications, and he has written essays and reviews for The New York Times, Harper’s, and Bookforum. This year, his anthology, New American Stories, was published by Vintage. He is also the editor of The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories (2004). Among his awards are the Berlin Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers Award, an award in Literature from Creative Capital, and an award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has been on the faculty at Columbia University since 2000.