Benjamin Anastas

Benjamin Anastas

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) and The Faithful Narrative of a Pastor’s Disappearance (FSG). His memoir Too Good to Be True (Little A) was a national bestseller. His essays, reviews, and other work have appeared in The New York Times MagazineHarper'sThe New RepublicThe Paris ReviewBookforum, and The Best American Essays anthology. Anastas was a visiting faculty member at Bennington for the 2012–13 academic year and then joined as faculty in Fall 2013. He is also a core faculty member of the Bennington Writing Seminars.