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Bruce Benderson (born August 6, 1946) is an American author who lives in New York. He attended William Nottingham High School (1964) in Syracuse, New York and then Binghamton University (1968). He is today a novelist, essayist, journalist and translator, widely published in France, less so in the United States.

In 2004, Benderson's lengthy erotic memoir Autobiographie érotique, about a nine-month sojourn in Romania, won the prestigious French literary prize, the Prix de Flore. The book was published in the United States (Tarcher/Penguin) and the United Kingdom (Snow Books) in 2006 under the title Story of an Obsession.

Benderson's book-length essay, Toward the New Degeneracy (1997), looks at New York’s Times Square, where rich and poor once mixed in a lively atmosphere of drugs, sex, and commerce. Benderson argues that this kind of mingling of classes has been the source of many modern avant-garde movements, and he laments the disappearance of that particular milieu. His novel User (1994) is a lyrical descent into the world of junkie and male hustlers. He is also the author of James Bidgood (Taschen, 1999), about the maker of the cult film Pink Narcissus.

A book-length essay by Benderson, "Sexe et Solitude," about the extinction of urban space and the rise of the Internet, was published in French in 1999. A collection of his essays, published under the title "Attitudes," appeared in French in 2006. These essays, along with "Sexe et Solitude" and "Toward the New Degeneracy," were printed in America in a nonfiction anthology of Benderson's writings entitled "Sex and Isolation" (University of Wisconsin Press, 2007), which was cited as one of the 10 best university press books of the year by the magazine "Foreword." The year 2007 also saw the publication in French (Editions Payot & Rivages) of a new novel by Benderson called "Pacific Agony," a caustic satire of life in America's Pacific Northwest, as well as Benderson's personal illustrated encyclopedia of the 60s and 70s, "Concentré de contreculture" (Editions Scali), published in French only. The novel "Pacific Agony" will be published in English by Semiotext/MIT in fall 2009.

Benderson's shorter literary efforts have been published in Between C & D, AM Magazine, American Letters and Commentary, Men on Men and Flesh and the Word. As a journalist, he has written on squatters for the New York Times Magazine, boxing for the Village Voice, unusual shelters for nest, and film, books, and culture for various other publications, including "Paris Vogue," "Vogue Hommes," French "GQ," "Libération," Out, The Stranger, New York Press, BlackBook magazine, and Paper. He has translated several books of French origin, including Virginie Despentes' novel Baise Moi (which was later adapted into a controversial film); the writers Robbe-Grillet, Pierre Guyotat, Sollers, Benoît Duteurtre, Grégoire Bouillier, Martin Page and Nelly Arcan; and, though it is quite far away from his usual subject matter, the autobiography of Céline Dion. In 2007, his translation of Tony Duvert's "Le bon sexe illustré" (Good Sex Illustrated) was released by Semiotext/MIT. A second book by Duvert he has translated will be released by the same publisher in 2009.

Benderson is the literary executor of the deceased novelist, Ursule Molinaro. He is mentioned in Frédéric Beigbeder's most recent book, Windows on the World. In 2006, he became a publishing associate at Virgin Books USA and later worked developing projects and editing proposals for the literary agent David Vigliano. He has taught at the maverick ranch college, Deep Springs, on three separate occasions. He currently writes a humorous monthly column, in French, for the magazine, "Tétu." For his French publisher he is researching a book about the future interfacing of biology and technology and the notion of The Singularity, as developed by Ray Kurzweil. Unlike many people of his generation, Benderson is fascinated by computers and digital culture and could be called an "early adopter" of new technological devices.
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Total Books: 22
Pacific Agony  / Native Agents
2009 - Pacific Agony / Native Agents [Semiotexte] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781584350828
ISBN-10: 1584350822
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 2.5/5 Stars.

James Bidgood
2009 - James Bidgood [Taschen's 25th Anniversary Special Edition] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9783836514521
ISBN-10: 3836514524
Genres: Arts & Photography, Humor & Entertainment, Gay & Lesbian

Sex and Isolation And Other Essays
2007 - Sex and Isolation and Other Essays (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780299223106
ISBN-10: 0299223108

The Romanian
2006 - The Romanian (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781905005185
ISBN-10: 1905005180
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Computers & Technology, Reference, Gay & Lesbian

The Romanian  Story of an Obsession
2006 - The Romanian Story of an Obsession (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781585424788
ISBN-10: 1585424781
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Travel, Nonfiction, Gay & Lesbian
  • Currently 2.5/5 Stars.

The Romanian Story of an Obsession
2006 - The Romanian Story of an Obsession (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9789781585425
ISBN-10: 9781585420
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs

2004 - Whore (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780802170026
ISBN-10: 0802170021
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 2.5/5 Stars.

Sexe et solitude
2001 - Sexe Et Solitude (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782743607746
ISBN-10: 2743607742

1998 - Toxico (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782743603908
ISBN-10: 2743603909

Pour un nouvel art dgnr
1998 - Pour Un Nouvel Art Dgnr (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782743603977
ISBN-10: 2743603976

1995 - User (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780452274617
ISBN-10: 0452274613
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Gay & Lesbian

Pretending to Say No A Novella and Eleven Stories
1990 - Pretending to Say No a Novella and Eleven Stories [Plume contemporary fiction] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780452263901
ISBN-10: 0452263905
Genre: Literature & Fiction

The United Nations of Times Square
1987 - The United Nations of Times Square [Short Works Series] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780873760560
ISBN-10: 0873760565
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Nonfiction

Toward the New Degeneracy An Essay
Toward the New Degeneracy an Essay (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780964646636
ISBN-10: 0964646633
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Animal Shelter Art Sex and Literature Issue 1
Animal Shelter Art Sex and Literature Issue 1 [Animal Shelter, Issue 1] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781584350750
ISBN-10: 158435075X

Transhumain [French Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782228905770
ISBN-10: 2228905771

New York Rage
New York Rage [French Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782743612962
ISBN-10: 2743612967
Genre: Romance

Le Pire Endroit de New-York/The Worst Place in New York
Le Pire Endroit De New-york/the Worst Place in New York (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782862190709
ISBN-10: 2862190705