Ben Parzybok

will forget your name, and feel very badly about it


Benjamin ParzybokI’m a novelist and programmer living in Portland, OR. My first book, COUCH, came out from Small Beer Press in late 2008, and my next Sherwood Nation will come out in  2014. (See the Works page for recent publications.) I also founded the startup Walker Tracker. A few of my other projects can be seen from the ideacog front page. I’m married to the writer & artist Laura Moulton. Contact me at ben at ideacog dot net. I’m represented by Eddie Schneider of Jabberwocky Agency.

Levin Schersvanaskitty sometimes guest-blogs here, or rather, is channeled, if you will. He is a bicycle stunt artist and philosopher. He was the subject of a short documentary film by myself that showed at Bicycle Film Festivals in Portland, OR, Toronto, CA (where it won the Audience Choice Award) and Australia,  called Levin’s Bicycle. Watch Levin’s Bicycle.


  1. Ben,
    I really appreciate your writing style – complex simplicity.
    I look forward to tapping into your site every once in a while to get a good read.
    Susan Taylor

  2. Hi,

    This is a message for Levin. We used your film Levins’ Bicycle for our short film festival – Bike Shorts. It is a Canadian touring festival and each city puts up some cash for a peolpes choice award.

    Your film won in Edmonton and we would like to send you the nominal award.

    Please check out our website and email me back. director (at) bikeshorts (dot) ca.

    I look forward to hearing from you.


  3. Ben,
    I am finishing your book for my Book Club on Tuesday, Jan. 5th. What insights can you give me in to the book or questions that I might bring up for my group? What was your inspiration for this book?

  4. Hi Ellen –
    Great – my publisher put together a sort of Reader’s Guide thing that can be downloaded here:
    Readers Guide and Companion to Couch.
    I’m in Brazil – so a little slow on replies – but let me know if this helps.

  5. Dear Benjamin,
    Congrats once again on the great book: COUCH! Are the rights for film still available for this title? Or someone is making a movie already?
    Best Regards,
    Umut E.

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