Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Two Dudes on a Couch Watch a Rom-Com Together

As published in GatherDC

“Zoey Deutch is the next America’s Sweetheart,” says Maxwell about the lead actress in the romantic comedy “Set It Up” he and I began watching together three minutes earlier on this Saturday afternoon.

I type his quote in the Google Doc I’m note-taking on. The Doc saves offline since I didn’t connect to Maxwell’s Wi-Fi because it’s Shabbat, I tell myself, and not because I am too lazy to find the password on his router.

We—two 34-year-old dudes, each obsessed with his own physique—are sitting on Maxwell’s black leather couch in front of his new 65-inch LED television, holding cans of Summer Solstice by Anderson Valley Brewing Company, in his apartment in Logan Circle he shares with his wife. There is no dog here. There isn’t even a cat. And, his wife is at work. It’s just two dudes on a couch watching a rom-com together. Keep reading Two Dudes on a Couch Watch a Rom-Com Together...


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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Words by ruBENstein Quarterly Newsletter - Fall 2018

I published the fourth edition of my quarterly newsletter, Words by ruBENstein. Check it check it check or subscribe to it! Every three months I'll share: one or two of my recent stories plus an oldie but goodie, my most popular social media post, and one story and life lesson from one of writing's greats.


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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Driving in Italy Is Hard

In June, I spent one week in Spannocchia, Italy, where I participated in a writing retreat run by Susan Conley and Lily King. Afterwards, two new writing friends and I spent a day in Florence, and then I rented a car by myself to travel around northern Italy for another week. I made a video of my adventures. You can watch it on YouTube or directly below if your browser allows.

Italy: the land of the structures symbolizing the peak in human performance, wine, and the most aggressive drivers in Alfa Romeos.


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Thursday, July 26, 2018

If Nobody Remembers Us

Here's my latest story, which published in GatherDC:

Ann stood alone on the other side of the dance floor, swaying offbeat. I approached my friend in her white gown. She looked as chic as my tailored tux and bow tie, which someone else knotted for me because I suck at “adulting”. The closer I got to her, the more I thought Ann looked inebriated and like she wasn’t there at all. I also thought we looked better than the rest of our C-squad royalty status at the Grand Finale Gala for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man & Woman of the Year campaign. We were celebrating a fundraising campaign that raised $2.4 million to research new cancer treatments.

“Hey!” I said. Ann’s eyes remained cold and unresponsive, so I put my hand on her bare shoulder. “I haven’t seen you for hours,” I said, fishing for a response.

Ann noticed me then. “Behhhhhn!” I’d spent enough time around adults who forgot college ended fifteen years before to know. If a correlation existed between the number of seconds to pronounce a single vowel and the level of intoxication, then Ann was Sweet Dee. They were both Philly’s finest.

Ann’s mouth turned a 180. “L. is dead.” Keep reading If Nobody Remembers Us...

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