Tag Archives: Ben Garrido

Why I Wrote My Novels

I have finished three novels and, although they share only the most tenuous connections in setting, character and plot, I do consider them a trilogy of sorts. All three are attempts to understand the disconnect between intentions and outcomes. All three are, in a very real sense, about my attempt to overcome the desire for […]

Covers for My Book

Guilherme Gustavo Condeixa is an artist, curator, soccer-buff and all around nice guy whom I have cleverly conned into doing my book covers. Here, then, are the four proposals from which I must choose. The book is a literary thriller about a bunch of white supremacists losing their culture to urban sprawl and outside “defilement.” […]

An Open Letter to Mohsin Hamid

Dear Mr. Hamid, I would like to start by saying that you are my favorite living author and that, since Carlos Fuentes’ death in 2012, you are facing very little competition. Indeed, your novels, short stories and essays are some of the biggest influences on my own writing. I sometimes quasi-seriously feel that, when my own books […]

A Decision of Immense Importance, A Choice of Incredible Significance, A Coded Reference to My Own Indecision.

Friends, I’ve got two books started and I haven’t decided which one to buckle down on next. I could, of course, really think about what makes more sense for continuity, consider marketing and ponder the milieu. However, doing so would require me to take time from valuable tasks like watching season two of Justified, stalking […]

Kindergarten

This is an excerpt from “Price Fixing,” a novel I intend to pursue soon. If you’d like me to focus on this novel next, please vote here. Kindergarten – My first real, fully formed memory concerns a game of tag. I wasn’t even playing, I don’t think – perhaps someone had just tagged me out. Regardless, […]

The Fish Market

If you look over my home page, it says I’m the author of three books – The Blackguard (available in April), The Book of Joshua (available in October) and The Potency (available in July). This isn’t strictly true. There’s a fourth book called The Cult of Benedict Arnold that I began as a 19 year-old […]

Woopsies I’ve Made Trying to Speak Korean

Bad subtitles in Kung Fu movies have made the woopsies of Asians speaking English well known. However, what many westerners do not know is that the Placenta and Teeny Weeny stuff goes in both directions. Stuff I’ve said while trying to speak Korean: In conversation with an older woman. “I speak politely to you because […]

Fun Facts on Teaching English in South Korea

Hi everyone, Here are a few fun facts if you are interested in teaching English in South Korea: Most programs for foreigners teaching in Korea require nothing more than a four year degree. There are also comparable programs in Japan and China. Typical pay for a teacher in Korea is around 2,000,000 won per month […]

Return to the United States

A little more than a year ago I left behind my family, my friends and my job in Reno.  I did this because Chungdahm April Language Academy offered me work teaching English in Korea.  Here’s what happened. Return to the United States “그레하운드 장류정에 가야 해요.” I was standing at the airport in San Francisco […]

Ben Garrido Becomes Benjamin Teacher

Before I went to Korea I knew I had liked children.  I found them entertaining, interesting and I could remember my own childhood when I spent time with munchkins.  Then I became a teacher and discovered that I not only like children, I love the little monsters.  It took less than a week before I […]