A standout among his many books and essays, Benjamin Anastas’ novel An Underachiever’s Diary has been called “the funniest, most underappreciated novel of the ’90s.”
Anastas is the author of the novels An Underachiever’s Diary (Dial Press, 2009), which has been called “the funniest, most underappreciated novel of the ’90s,” and The Faithful Narrative of a Pastor’s Disappearance (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2001), which was a New York Times notable book. His memoir Too Good to Be True (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) was published in October 2012. Other work has appeared in the Paris Review, Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine, Bookforum, The Yale Review, and The Best American Essays 2012. He has taught at Columbia University and is a member of the core faculty at the Bennington Writing Seminars. Anastas was a visiting faculty member for the 2012–13 academic year and then joined the Bennington faculty in fall 2013.