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[Perspectives] A fictional avatar

10:04, the second novel by the New York poet and academic Ben Lerner, describes a year or so in the life of his fictional avatar: a thirtysomething New York poet and academic, also named Ben, with a CV which seems to mirror closely that of his creator. This protagonist is initially encountered grappling with the consequences of success: his first book became an unexpected critical hit and a subsequent short story, published in The New Yorker, has elicited, for an as yet unwritten follow-up project, a large advance.