Ben Parzybok


Couch review in the LA Times

How exciting is that? Well, I’ll tell you – I’ve been dancing drunk on top of my desk since Friday afternoon when I first saw it, and now I’m not sure how to get off, and I think I’ve done some irreparable damage to my keyboard and stubbed a toe, and no one will hand me any more liquor, but other than that it’s pretty damn cool. Now -hand me that bottle please?

The reviewer, Ed Park (author of Personal Days) talks about Charles Portis and quotes side-by-side from one of his books and Couch, which is fun to see. I was given True Grit by my friend Mel Favara (of 1000 reading series) last year and loved it – I’ll have to pick up the others.

At any rate, here’s the review of Couch in the LA Times.

Thanks, Ed!

(incidentally – here’s Ed Park at length on Charles Portis: Like Cormac McCarthy, But Funny)

Author: Benjamin Parzybok

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



  1. How cool! And a million copies sold? amazing. you big time. congrats on both 🙂

  2. ah thanks, though alas the million copies sold was in fun, a bit of optimistic whimsy. On this planet, it’s a very, very tiny fraction of that.

  3. well in that case, I’m completed unimpressed. you’re going to have to do better than that, young Parzybok. What are you dancing on your keyboard for? get back to work!

  4. Yes, it’s true. Industriousness is called for. I’ve inspected the machinery, and it looks as though the rest of the book I’m working on now will have to have to be written sans the letter e and m. But I feel confident I got enough of those letters in the first half.

  5. perfect. as long as you don’t have to bring up mementos, squeegees or mammals, you’ll be fine.

  6. Hey, really great news. It also seemed like this was one of the overall “best” reviews. Congrats!

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