About

I’ve wanted to be writer since I was little. Once I grew up I realized that I wanted to be a philosopher. Then, I found out philosophy was dead, so I decided to become a philosophical fiction writer. Not very profitable? No, but I’ve learned from taboo artists (Prince, David Bowie, Friedrich Nietzsche, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol) that you should do what you want to do, because the best profits are invisible. (That might not be true, but some lies are best to believe.)

There is no point in stepping where everyone else has stepped, so I try to look for new places to put my footprints. This blog is about taboo and the breakdown of taboos. What was once taboo is no longer taboo and new taboos are always coming into existence. Here, I write about the forgotten taboos and the ones that avoid the gallows. In fact, I might even write about what taboos will come about in the future. But….

Do you know about the ugly laws? Did you know cornflakes were invented to stop people from masturbating? Or that opera singers used to be castrated at an early age to maintain their high voices? Check out my blog and find out about all things taboo, past, present, and maybe future.

Since I consider myself a writer in training, I will also put some of my fiction pieces and poetry here, most of which focus on the crumbling existence of taboo. I hope to put up a few free books too, one being a futuristic fantasy novel. And my alter ego Lyre Moody might appear to tell others of the taboo tips to becoming a writer, the secrets nobody ever  tells you but still expects you to know.

If you like what you read here please like it, or share it, or comment on it. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Without you and you and you …  there would be no words here.

Below is a bio in third person because apparently that is how they’re supposed to be done.

Benjamin Grossman received his MFA in Creative Writing at Rosemont College. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Saint Joseph’s University, where he also earned a minor in philosophy and concentration in Theology.

He writes screenplays and novels, as well as poetry and flash fiction. His work is published or forthcoming in the Eunoia Review, The Rusty Nail, Apiary, and The Camel Saloon. Also, his novel The Land Without Footprints: Shadows Amongst Shadows (2013) is available from Sweatshoppe Publications.  The novel focuses on a kingdom set amid crumbling taboos. You can also buy it on paperback and kindle at Amazon, or paperback online at Barnes and Noble.

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Comments
  1. inkspeare says:

    Cornflakes? Oh no, please don’t tell me. Thank you for visiting my blog. Best wishes on your journey as a writer.

  2. ztevetevans says:

    Very interesting Bio!

  3. Ranting Crow says:

    Revisiting your about page and sounds like an interesting blog you got here. breaking taboo, let us see which you will break up.
    You might see more of me. Keep on writing

  4. Ahh…kindred spirits. Prince is honored in my home. And I will be following you! Thank you for bringing me here by visiting my blog.

  5. bejamin4 says:

    You’re welcome. Funny you should say: listening to Prince right now. Thanks for following.

  6. bethwarstadt says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog; I am very much enjoying yours. As I am strolling around your posts–admittedly I haven’t even scratched the surface–I wonder if you are saying having some taboos is a good thing. After all uncontrolled behavior, as you describe in the blurb about your book, leads to chaos and anarchy. Not that a little anarchy isn’t a good thing, but too much makes for a very bad situation.

    • bejamin4 says:

      You’re very welcome. Thanks for visiting my blog, as well. Yes, I am saying that some taboos are a good thing. Some taboos keep society from becoming completely free. Freedom is good, of course, but complete freedom can be as dangerous as endless restrictions. I like the way you summed it all up. That was very well put. Thanks again. Happy New Year!

  7. Alissa Kirkwood says:

    I’ll definitely be coming back to read more 🙂 You’ve got yourself a new follower 😀

  8. bejamin4 says:

    Thanks so much, Alissa. 🙂

  9. rjl2727 says:

    benjamin, you have visited my blog several times, so i owe you the same. i like the looks of your blog and the premise. i hit “follow” and will come back to read in depth. thanks man. by the way, do you know of any empirical evidence that cornflakes have stemmed the tide of masturbation??

    • bejamin4 says:

      Thanks for reading and following. None whatsoever. I don’t think cornflakes did anything to anyone in that case. But, the mind is a strong thing, and belief is perhaps even stronger.

  10. flissvontane says:

    Hello! Thanks for having a look at my blog, it’s so appreciated. Your blog is brilliant; such intriguing, insightful posts! You have just gained a dedicated follower in me 🙂

  11. Hi! Thanks for following my blog. I appreciate it! God bless.

  12. stacilys says:

    Interesting topic, “The breakdown of Taboo”. Thanks for the like on my blog.
    =)

  13. ellaraven says:

    Hi bejamin : )
    Thank you for visiting my blog – it meant I reciprocated the trip and discovered yours. Your writing is beautiful!

  14. Thanks so much for your kind words on my blog. Following yours, love the bent…intriguing..

  15. skipmars says:

    Trust me, cornflakes don’t work. Like you and yours, I appreciate those who visit my blog. Living in the South, I haven’t noticed a diminishing of taboos — only the acknowledgement and obeisance to those relics. People seem to grapple with taboos constantly, either with grappling hooks, or with grease.

    Thanks for dropping by and reading my writing.
    SM

  16. Hey,

    I have nominated you for the Seven Awards, rules and info here: http://lostinthelabyrinthh.wordpress.com/2014/02/20/seven-blog-awards-goes-to/

    All the best 🙂

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    I have nominated you for the sunshine award! 🙂 Please find the details in this link: http://wp.me/p4gNzR-dA Have a good day!

  18. anna mosca says:

    Hi Ben, I wanted to thank you for the follow!
    My blog is a bilingual one. So you may get links to poems in English as well as to some in Italian… Pictures, on the other hand, have no language barriers 😉
    Keep up the good work.
    Anna

  19. dertalmid says:

    Hi Ben,
    Thank you for following me!

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  21. hipmonkey says:

    This is right up my alley (Alan Watts, Terrence McKenna, Manly P Hall) – Looking forward to reading more.

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  24. Phen Weston says:

    Hello my friend. I hope you’re well. Here’s a shout out award for you for being an amazing and inspirational poet. Take care P.

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  25. Thanks for following my blog, Ben. I have been reading yours and its fantastic. You are very talented and have an impressive resume. I look forward to getting to know you. Take care! ~ Audrey

  26. jadedmess says:

    Just had to say, your writings are a pleasure to read! You have a gift and I thank you for sharing this with all of us ❤

  27. I love the style of your poetry already; a very clear and strong voice. I look forward to seeing more of your work. All the best 🙂

  28. Rajiv says:

    You write very well… Thanks for stopping by at http://crooked-and-black.com!

  29. Rob McShane says:

    Like your work Benjamin. Thanks for stopping by mine! 🙂 I’ll be back… Love breaking taboos!

  30. I never did like cornflakes…does anyone?
    Cool blog.

    • bejamin4 says:

      Thanks again. I don’t too many that like cornflakes, unless they have sugar on them or something else. I guess that was part of the plan, though, to make them taste pretty bad.

  31. Hello! In the celebration of discovering new and gifted bloggers, I have nominated you for a Liebster Award! I really like your writing and I want to thank you for the nice things that you have said on my blog. For more information on how to accept this award, click the link here: http://realgirlnoname.wordpress.com/2014/07/30/liebster-award-nomination/

  32. I knew there was a reason why I disliked cornflakes.

    Interesting and enjoyable reads here. Looking forward to being further enlightened.

  33. I recently finished reading your book and loved it; definitely worth the time. I left a short review on the UK Amazon page, but needless to say I’m excited to read more of your work in the future.

  34. Just Patty says:

    Hey Benjamin!
    Thank you for stopping by my blog and the follow.
    If you don’t mind, I will wander through your blog for a while 😉
    Lots of love
    Patty

  35. Just Patty says:

    I have nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award!
    Please check out: http://petitemagique.wordpress.com/2014/09/17/awards-2/
    You don’t have to accept this award, just know that you are appreciated!
    Lots of Love
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  36. lostsoul62 says:

    well from what i see , i think u are a good writer by nature , i wish u luck in ur upcoming writings and i wish that i will be able to write novels like you someday 🙂

  37. georgetteann says:

    I’ve enjoyed perusing your work. You’re very talented; I wish you continued success! 🙂

  38. babylondogs says:

    Benjamin, could you write me at ElfRandomMan@gmail.com? My phone is 813 464 9765. Feel free to check my blog of the same name ElfRandomMan.wordpress.com. I want to get your opinions on a few things. I also want to see if we could collaborate on a few pieces, or at the very least throw some ideas back and firth. I highly respect your writing. In fact, you are the only one I considered fr this. I look forward to your email and/or phone call. Thank you.

  39. Phen Weston says:

    Hello my friend. I cannot seem to comment or like your comments from yesterday for some reason. But I wanted to say thank you so much for you wonderful review. I am completely honoured and blown away by your words. It was a fantastic review. Thank you so much!

    Ps – As for Cosmicism, Lovecraft wrote that we live in “A vast, sepulchral universe of unbroken midnight gloom and perpetual arctic frigidity, through which will roll dark, cold suns with their hordes of dead frozen planets, on which will lie the dust of those unhappy mortals who will have perished as their dominant stars faded from the skies”. It is a concept that works really well for horror writing or weird fiction, but I feel Lovecraft may have over looked just how important it actually is for us to be here at all then. I don’t know if it’s a view that has been considered from a Cosmicism stance before, but it could be an interesting concept. Something to think about and inspire either way.

    Have a fantastic weekend my friend. I hope life is treating you well.

    • bejamin4 says:

      You’re welcome. It was collection of poetry well deserving of praise. I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with next.

      Cosmicisim is a very interesting idea. But I like even more how you point out what he might’ve overlooked. When I looked it up it talked about Lovecraft being a “indifferentist.” I’m not sure how true that is but it’s an interesting idea. Thanks for bringing me toward it. Have a fantastic weekend as well!

  40. willowdot21 says:

    Thank you for the follow!

  41. Rob McShane says:

    So enjoyed opening my WordPress this morning and seeing all your likes! Thank you for spending some time with my writing and so pleased you liked these pieces! Has made a great start to my day! 🙂 – Even more special from someone with your talent. So enjoy your work (unable to find a like button when on your blog though – only get one when using my reader! Strange). Hope you enjoy the rest of your week. Take care my friend and thanks again. Cheers.

    • bejamin4 says:

      You’re welcome, and thanks of taking the time to comment here. It was fun looking at your writing. You always say something important in an interesting way. I know I’ll be back to read much more. Have a fantastic week also!

  42. Grace Black says:

    Do you have a contact form or somewhere I can send an email?

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