About two years ago I read this story at Wigleaf and was like, Wow, that's great! And then awhile later I read another story at Wigleaf by the same author and I was like, Wow, that's great too! So I Googled the author but couldn't find much at all, not even a website. I did, however, find him on Facebook and sent a friend request and messaged him how much I dug his stuff and Ben and I have been friends ever since. I mean, the guy picked me up from the airport last year when I went to L.A. for the Hint Fiction reading. You don't just do that for anybody. So you better believe I'm excited for his new book that's just been released earlier this week -- have, in fact, been excited since Ben sold the collection to Penguin in the first place. As Stewart O'Nan says:
"Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day is that rare find -- a book that excites the reader. These tales are hilarious and vertiginous in the calmly absurd manner of Lydia Davis, Jack Handey and Etgar Keret. With his first book, Ben Loory proves he's already a master of the sleight of hand."