Benjamin Busch was born in Manhattan in 1968 and grew up in rural New York State. He in an actor, photographer, film director, and a United States Marine Corps Infantry Officer who served two tours of combat duty in Iraq. He played the role of Officer Anthony Colicchio on the HBO series The Wire, and has appeared on Homicide, The West Wing, and Generation Kill. He has written for Harper's, been twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and has been a guest commentator on NPR's All Things Considered.
His first film as a writer/director, "Sympathetic Details", was released in February 2008. His latest release in 2011 is the award winning short film “Bright.”
Busch is the son of author Frederick Busch, who at the time of his death in 2006 was the Zell Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan in the MFA Creative Writing Program.
Benjamin Busch lives on a farm in Michigan with his wife and two daughters. This is his first book.
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Tim O'Brien meets Annie Dillard in this remarkable memoir by debut author Benjamin Busch. Much more than a war memoir, Dust to Dust brilliantly explores the passage through a lifetime--a moving meditation on life and death, the adventures of childhood and revelations of adulthood. Seemingly ordinary things take on a breathtaking radiance when examined by this decorated Marine officer--veteran of two combat tours in Iraq--actor on the hit HBO series The Wire, and son of acclaimed novelist Frederick Busch. Above all, Benjamin Busch is a truly extraordinary new literary talent as evidenced by his exemplary debut, Dust to Dust--an original, emotionally powerful, and surprisingly refreshing take on an American soldier's story.
Praise for Dust to Dust: A Memoir…
“This brave soldier with his singular sensibility . . . builds us a fort we’re loath to leave.”
-Mary Karr, author of The Liars' Club, Cherry, and Lit
“Elegiac, funny, wistful, deep, and wonderfully human, Dust to Dust moved me to laughter and tears, sometimes simultaneously. . . . After reading this book, you will want to go outside and really look at our world.”
-Karl Marlantes, bestselling author of Matterhorn and What It Is Like to Go to War
“Dust to Dust is a wonderful book, original in concept and stunningly written, a soldier’s memoir that is about soldiering and much else besides. The last two dozen pages are a tour de force, a breathtaking meditation on loss and remembrance, dust to dust.”
“Busch is a brilliant prose stylist for whom every pause counts, a man of three worlds—the heart, the mind, the earth. Dust to Dust is a stunning literary work about this mysterious trinity, and a return to home.”
-Doug Stanton, bestselling author of Horse Soldiers and In Harm's Way