Ben Ryder Howe
Ben Ryder Howe has written for The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, and Outside, and his work has been selected for Best American Travel Writing. He is a former senior editor of The Paris Review. He, his wife, and their two children live on Staten Island. He is the author of My Korean Deli: Risking It All for a Convenience Store.
Where are you from?
Who are your favorite writers?
George Plimpton, George Orwell
Which book/books have had the biggest influence on your writing?
The Elements of Style, E.B. White, Seize the Day, Saul Bellow
What are your hobbies and outside interests?
Running (currently prepping for first marathon), classical music
What is the single best piece of advice anyone ever gave you?
It wasn't actually advice, it was just what someone - a farmer and jack-of-all-trades in upstate New York - said to me once: "Small business is putting your faith in the world. Your risk your reputation, your family, your future, and essentially trust that you'll be rewarded."
What is your favorite quote?
"A businessman isn't a mathematician. Remember that. Never become hypnotized by the beauty of numbers." A Bend in the River, V.S. Naipaul
What is the question most commonly asked by your readers? What is the answer?
Do you miss owning the deli? Yes.What inspired you to write your first book?Knowing that I'd just experienced something (owning the deli) that had completely changed my perception of the world, but not exactly knowing how and wanting to figure it out.
Where do you write?
In an empty storage room next to the laundry machines in our building.