Authors on Stage with Benjamin Busch
[June 5, 2012] –Benjamin Busch, a decorated Marine Corps officer who saw two tours of duty in Iran, is also an accomplished writer, photographer and actor, appearing on the HBO series The Wire. Now he adds author to an already impressive resume with the recent publication of his riveting memoir, Dust to Dust. Benjamin Busch will speak about his book and his life when he visits the Library on Monday, August 20 at 7:00 pm. The event is co-sponsored by Elm Street Books and will take place in the Adrian Lamb Room.
Much more than a war journal, Dust to Dust is a thoughtful, profound meditation on our collective passage through life. Busch readily admits he was attracted to a solitary life even as a young child. He was especially drawn to the elemental - the wilderness, the natural power and force of rain, oceans, rivers, the ruins of nature and man. “War was wilderness and I went there, too…” states Busch in his prologue. As Busch writes, taking the reader from stories on his childhood to tense combat scenes, the underlying thread is an acute awareness of man’s mortality; of life and loss and a child’s curiosity that ever remains.
Benjamin Busch was born in Manhattan in 1968 and grew up in rural New York State. He is an actor, a photographer, a film director, and a U.S. Marine Corps infantry officer who served two combat tours 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. His writing has been featured in Harper's and has been twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He has also been a guest commentator on NPR's All Things Considered. Benjamin lives on a farm in Michigan with his wife and two daughters.