David Benjamin, author of Three’s a Crowd, started his first novel at the age of nine, reading chapters aloud to his fourth-grade-classmates at St. Mary’s School in Tomah, Wisconsin. Part of that grade-school experience was recounted and embellished in his “memoir,” The Life and Times of the Last Kid Picked, published by Random House in 2002.
Benjamin’s experience also includes a intimate familiarity with Paris and Las Vegas, the two locales in Three’s a Crowd.
Now living in Madison, Wisconsin, Benjamin has also made his home, over the years, in Boston, Brussels, Tokyo, San Carlos, Calif., Paris, Long Island and Brooklyn.
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The Voice of the Dog
David Benjamin’s Weekly Screed evolved from his early essay-writing efforts in high school, in Madison, Wisconsin, in the1960’s, in an unauthorized “literary magazine” called The Id. His models then for what he calls “One Thousand Fearful Words” included the beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, humorists Mark Twain, James Thurber and Robert Benchley and several great journalist essayists of mid-century — especially those who wrote with tongue in cheek — among them Russell Baker and Mike Royko. As a regular essayist, Benjamin began with the Mansfield (Mass.) News, where he served as editor from 1977-84 and wrote more than 700 separate weekly columns on sports, politics and entertainment.