Ben Parzybok

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Credit where credit is due

The Willamette Week had a very nice article about me today. I spent a couple of Fridays ago riding around with WWeek journalist Tony Piff, retracing some of the Couch journey that takes place in Oregon. 

What’s not in the article however, among the projects of mine mentioned, are my collaborators. 

Gumball Poetry: Laura Moulton was the editor and co-creator. We also had several interns that became editors over the course of their involvement: Libbey White, Krista Hanson, Emily Ford. And there were hundreds who gathered at each issue launch to stuff capsules and many others who helped along the way.

Operation Peachblow (run by the Black Magic Insurance Agency): Andy Hockersmith and Laura Moulton did the first one with me, and we believed we were creating something new – a game that laid over the top of reality, that made a player feel as if the whole city had been rigged – this was in early 2000. OPBII, OPBIII and OPBIV were created by Dave Cain, Thane Stumbaugh, Prashant Gandhi and myself. OPBV, which took place on the show floor of Book Expo America was just done by me and was also a publicity stunt for Couch.

Project Hamad was a collaboration between David Naimon, Laura Moulton and myself.

The web component of Message in a Bottle was coded for me by Noah Magram. Incidentally, since Gumball Poetry is shut, the web component is all that remains of Message in a Bottle. I think of it as the world’s slowest, random bulletin board.

Laura Moulton was the psychic behind The Psychic Book Project, until that too became automated. Even psychics get laid off in this economy! She was also the co-creator of SuvLuv.

If I missed somebody here, let me know.

Many of these projects are in states of semi-decay. I apologize for not closing them out in a more official capacity, sometimes the energy burns for just so long until you discover another avenue of interest. Have you heard of Couch? That’s fresh.

Author: Benjamin Parzybok

My name is Ben Parzybok and I'm a novelist and programmer living in Portland, OR. @sparkwatson



  1. Very cool – congrats, Ben!

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