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We all know the stories of how creative people get into the business of creating for a living, but how did they start using their imaginations in the first place? On the Beginnings podcast, writer and performer Andy Beckerman asks well-known and up-and-coming comedians, musicians, writers and artists about their earliest creative acts and about other formative childhood experiences.

Feb 21, 2013

On today’s show we talk to author Ben Marcus. An Associate Professor at Columbia, Ben's work has appeared in Harper's, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The New York Times, and many other publications, and he's won numerous awards including an NEA Fellowship. Ben's also penned four fantastic books: The Father Costume, The Age of Wire and String, Notable American Women, and his latest, The Flame Alphabet, which was just released last year by Alfred A. Knopf.

Last week, Ben was nice enough to come to the Wrestling Team apartment and have a wonderfully fun discussion about shaming yourself into making art, woodworking and parental failures. It was a delight!

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