© Raina Belleau

© Raina Belleau

ERIC BENNETT grew up in Michigan. His lower education lacked funding and his higher education hemorrhaged it. His preferences include cashmere, French fries, countries that pay waiters a living wage, mid-period Henry James, certain cats, Farewell Transmission by Jason Molina, the unapologetic and astonishing ambition of literary critics between 1930 and 1965, the flora of Coconut Grove, the Arthurian Romances of Chrétien de Troyes, Gene Kelly’s dancing, Curtis Sittenfeld’s indestructible vibe, precious journals bound in Florence and almost too nice to write in, Meijer Thrifty Acres, the already stale trend in camouflage, German candor, Midwestern circumspection, Evan Osnos’s journalism, tacos garnished with lime, the freshman class of the 116thCongress, limericks, Ralph Ellison, Lydia Davis, and Dolly Parton.