BEN MARCUS is the author of The Age of Wire and String, Notable American Women, The Father Costume, The Flame Alphabet and Leaving the Sea. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, the Paris Review, the New York Times, and McSweeney's. He is the editor of The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories. Marcus has received a Whiting Writers' Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Berlin Prize. He is a professor at Columbia University in New York.