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Brian Benson
Brian Benson grew up in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. He now lives in Portland, Oregon, where he teaches writing at the Attic Institute. Going Somewhereis his first book.

Entries by Brian Benson

Again and Again

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 9:56 AM


I am sitting in the viewing car of a Portland-bound train, sipping beer and staring out at slow-rolling Montana. My journal is in my lap, open to an empty page. It's been there for about an hour. I haven't touched it. Don't get...

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The Long Way Home

(2) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 4:59 PM

When I wake, soft light is slipping through the drapes, and the air is redolent of spoiling cheese, and I'm wondering where the hell I am. I blink sleep from my eyes and sit up and scan the room, and on a...
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To Impulse and Invitation

(2) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 3:35 PM


I like to write in journals. A lot. And so in my daydreams about this tour, I'd envisioned myself journaling a bunch -- jotting notes in town parks and gas station bathrooms, then reading and re-reading in the quiet of night, until I'd...

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From There to Here

(2) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 2:07 PM

I walk into the mall just in time to hear a woman with a thick Minnesota accent saying, "Please join us at the front of the store, where Brian Benson will soon be reading from his book, Going Somewhere."

I drop my eyes, power-walk past a huge picture of my...

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Same Picture, Different Dots

(0) Comments | Posted July 11, 2014 | 4:27 PM


The day after the Fourth of July, while the rest of Wisconsin is nursing its holiday hangover, I wake at dawn and rack the panniers and slide onto the saddle of my bike-tank. It's a perfect morning for a ride. The sun is...

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How (Not) to Prepare for a Book Tour by Bike

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 2:24 PM


For months, I've envisioned my Book Tour by Bike only in fuzzy, lighthearted montage. It all begins with me riding (downhill, with a tailwind) on a lonely road. The camera cuts to a gas station, where I'm talking with a gruff-but-charming...

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Why I'm Biking My Book Tour

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 5:35 PM


I'm one of those people who still goes to author readings. Lots of them. I don't have to try too hard: here in book-crazy Portland, literary events are happening always, everywhere. Just this month, I've drooled over a big-name superstar at Powell's, caught...

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True Thirst

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 6:13 PM

I tilted my head skyward and raised up the bottle and squeezed it with both hands. A shy tablespoon of lukewarm water wet my tongue. I squeezed harder, and the plastic made that pathetic wheezing-donkey sound, and here came a drop, and another, and another, and...

My eyes still on...

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