Benjamin has been writing since his first gig as a fifteen-year-old stringer for the local Suburban & Wayne Times. He was managing editor of The Conestoga Spoke, and contributor to The Syracuse Daily Orange.

Since graduating from Syracuse University with dual degrees in Journalism and Creative Writing (Tobias Wolff led his Senior Workshop), Benjamin has been published in Rolling Stone, Men's Journal, MTV News, Mental Floss and Swing Magazine on topics ranging from politics to pop culture.

He has interviewed Bono, The Edge, Neil Young, Michael Stipe, Reed Hastings, Shepard Fairey, Douglas Coupland, Cameron Crowe, Aimee Mann and Paul Thomas Anderson, amongst others. 

Benjamin contributed to the collection, "2 Do Before I Die," and wrote the  award-winning 2012 PBS documentary, "Mister Rogers & Me."

Benjamin began blogging in 2000, and continues regular weekly updates via his .

Dec 2 2021

Karen Baum Gordon’s “Last Letter”

I tell this story often. By the fall of 2013, it had become apparent to me that regime change was imminent at MTV News. One morning, I told Abbi that I’d done three things to foment my exit:  I hired a resume coach to sharpen my cv, andAn executive coach to hold me accountable to…
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Nov 24 2021

Dear Elizabeth

I spent a lot of time on my fire escape back then; Hell’s Kitchen just made better sense from just a few flights up. My first apartment, there on 56th and Tenth Avenue, was across the street from a New York City public high school. We looked right in on the classrooms. In those early…
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Oct 27 2021

Everything Is Unsettled

These days, I feel like I’m brand new to weather. For years, I have watched the sun, clouds, rain and snow track across glass, concrete and stone. I perceived weather in large blocks: cold today, rainy tomorrow, and stormy for my commute. I was, as my friend Justin likes to say, “institutionalized,” hermetically sealed from…
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