Benjamin Wachs is creating Stories, Essays, and Books
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I’ve been published in the commercial marketplace all my adult life (newspapers, magazines, websites, radio, a collection of short stories and a forthcoming novel). But I have recently – in just the last two years – made my greatest breakthroughs with works developed outside the marketplace, and even outside commerce.

  • Two books of fables that have become sacred gifts which cannot be bought;
  • A collection of Fairy Tales for Adults that has saved my soul;
  • A ritual for a whimsical community;
  • A poetic constitution for a collective of artists;
  • A historical conspiracy for a secret event that could only be given as a gift …

…These are things I could not have imagined writing just a few short years ago, and they beckon me towards extraordinary new horizons of my art. This must be cultivated – and that cultivation works best when it happens on its own terms, instead of trying to fit a market.

You, my patrons - my community - will help me achieve that: you’ll give me the freedom to follow the work I am called to do (instead of what I can get published this month) and see where it leads me. Every meaningless freelance assignment you keep me from having to do will be time and energy reinvested into writing that is meaningful, and a building block to something profound.

In gratitude, I’ll share with you the work that I’ll produce as practice – the writing that I create both for its own sake and to hone my craft. Essays on culture and politics, new bar columns in the style of my much loved bar column for the SF Weekly (“Distillations”), a new fable each month, and even a look at some of the most interesting experimental work I create … the seeds of my creative unconscious … week after week.

And as I take the time you’ve given me and the practice I’ve put it towards to produce works worthy of everything I have, I’ll share that process with you too.

I believe amazing things are on the horizon as I take control of my artistic life, stepping out from the marketplace and towards truth and beauty for their own sake.

I could not be more grateful for your support.
Tiers
Songs and Stories!
$1 or more per month
If you subscribe my Patreon, at any level, you'll get two things:


First, a "Bonus" fable every month, just like the ones written for the "Fable of the Month Club," delivered straight to your inbox.  This is part of a project that began as a Burning Man project in 2015, and has since spiraled out of control, becoming one of the most sought after things I do.  But these stories are only available here, or as part of gift experiences and art projects I co-create.  


The second thing is a song.  


I'm a little famous in the circles I travel in for my singing - especially sea chanties, Celtic music, American folk, music and union songs.  I've decided to do quick and dirty recordings of my entire library of memorized songs and post them all here for patrons.  At any level of support, you'll get a traditional song (some accompanied, mostly acapella) sent to your inbox on an occasional basis.

Team Caveat
$3 or more per month
At three dollars a month, you’re keeping my morale up and helping me believe on the long dark nights of the soul that the work I do is worthwhile. Having a creative community matters in those moments.

Receive an occasional newsletter and an annual “thank you.”
Benjamin's Book Club
$5 or more per month
Let my reading supplement yours.  After each book I read - whether new release or old favorite - I'll write up an essay and review and send it out to you, diving into issues raised, ideas inspired, and imaginative frontiers.  Go deep into my library with me.

How often you get these depends on what I'm reading and how long it takes.  Hopefully at least one a month
Culture and Politics
$10 or more per month
I'll be writing articles (3 a month, on average) on the current political and cultural moment, and developing thoughts on the political philosophy and community cultures we'll need for the coming era.  You'll be supporting them, and whether they're published in periodicals or developed as private missives, I’ll make sure you never miss one.

(Plus all prior rewards)
Fable of the Month Club
$15 or more per month
Writing as Caveat Magister, I've developed a very specific, stylized, and powerful collection of short fables, which were originally presented as gifts at Burning Man.  

You'll receive a new fable in this style every month - writing not available anywhere else.  You'll be supporting my continued fable writing, developing a larger collection which will someday be released into the world, and getting a new look - every month - at the world as it is through a lens of magic and legend.

(Plus all prior rewards)
Adventures in Drinking
$20 or more per month
Perhaps the most popular thing I've ever written was my bar column - Distillations.  Each column features a new or favorite watering hole, and a discussion with interesting collaborators, local artists, random bar patrons, or brilliant mixologists.  Readers said it was reminiscent of Studs Terkel - big issues revealed in small moments of leisure in magical places. 

I'm going to start it up again, occasionally for the public at large, always for you.  New Distillations will be published (almost) weekly:  be part of my nights out.

(Plus all prior rewards)
Magnum Opus
$30 or more per month
Truly inspired works of enduring value take time and attention and support to produce, especially when you have other things you’re doing. You will be supporting my work on a larger, longer-term, attempt to write something of true profundity - not a casual essay or story, but a magnum opus worthy of all the art and philosophy I can produce. You’ll get updates and sneak peeks as I embark on this long process, getting a look at my thoughts as they develop.

(Plus all prior rewards)
Get everything I write
$50 or more per month
Get everything new that I publish. If I publish a novel, I’ll send you a signed copy. If my work appears in a magazine, I’ll send you a copy signed. Blog post? You got it. New experimental work? Yep. Custom work? Uh huh. You get everything. 

I'll even send you the story drafts that I develop as part of my weekly writing workshops - a treasure trove of ideas, in the process of being cut like gemstones.  Rarely published, these are some of my very favorite things that I write.
Become a fictional character
$75 or more per month
I will base a recurring character on you. Somewhere. In something or multiple somethings. We’ll work out exactly how that works.

(Plus all prior levels)

Goals
48 of 250 patrons
I have a new collection of stories waiting in the back of my head - something daring and experimental, with the potential for a significant life off of the page.

When I have 250 patrons, a community of people around my writing, I'm going to make it, and see how far it goes.
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I’ve been published in the commercial marketplace all my adult life (newspapers, magazines, websites, radio, a collection of short stories and a forthcoming novel). But I have recently – in just the last two years – made my greatest breakthroughs with works developed outside the marketplace, and even outside commerce.

  • Two books of fables that have become sacred gifts which cannot be bought;
  • A collection of Fairy Tales for Adults that has saved my soul;
  • A ritual for a whimsical community;
  • A poetic constitution for a collective of artists;
  • A historical conspiracy for a secret event that could only be given as a gift …

…These are things I could not have imagined writing just a few short years ago, and they beckon me towards extraordinary new horizons of my art. This must be cultivated – and that cultivation works best when it happens on its own terms, instead of trying to fit a market.

You, my patrons - my community - will help me achieve that: you’ll give me the freedom to follow the work I am called to do (instead of what I can get published this month) and see where it leads me. Every meaningless freelance assignment you keep me from having to do will be time and energy reinvested into writing that is meaningful, and a building block to something profound.

In gratitude, I’ll share with you the work that I’ll produce as practice – the writing that I create both for its own sake and to hone my craft. Essays on culture and politics, new bar columns in the style of my much loved bar column for the SF Weekly (“Distillations”), a new fable each month, and even a look at some of the most interesting experimental work I create … the seeds of my creative unconscious … week after week.

And as I take the time you’ve given me and the practice I’ve put it towards to produce works worthy of everything I have, I’ll share that process with you too.

I believe amazing things are on the horizon as I take control of my artistic life, stepping out from the marketplace and towards truth and beauty for their own sake.

I could not be more grateful for your support.

Recent posts by Benjamin Wachs

Tiers
Songs and Stories!
$1 or more per month
If you subscribe my Patreon, at any level, you'll get two things:


First, a "Bonus" fable every month, just like the ones written for the "Fable of the Month Club," delivered straight to your inbox.  This is part of a project that began as a Burning Man project in 2015, and has since spiraled out of control, becoming one of the most sought after things I do.  But these stories are only available here, or as part of gift experiences and art projects I co-create.  


The second thing is a song.  


I'm a little famous in the circles I travel in for my singing - especially sea chanties, Celtic music, American folk, music and union songs.  I've decided to do quick and dirty recordings of my entire library of memorized songs and post them all here for patrons.  At any level of support, you'll get a traditional song (some accompanied, mostly acapella) sent to your inbox on an occasional basis.

Team Caveat
$3 or more per month
At three dollars a month, you’re keeping my morale up and helping me believe on the long dark nights of the soul that the work I do is worthwhile. Having a creative community matters in those moments.

Receive an occasional newsletter and an annual “thank you.”
Benjamin's Book Club
$5 or more per month
Let my reading supplement yours.  After each book I read - whether new release or old favorite - I'll write up an essay and review and send it out to you, diving into issues raised, ideas inspired, and imaginative frontiers.  Go deep into my library with me.

How often you get these depends on what I'm reading and how long it takes.  Hopefully at least one a month
Culture and Politics
$10 or more per month
I'll be writing articles (3 a month, on average) on the current political and cultural moment, and developing thoughts on the political philosophy and community cultures we'll need for the coming era.  You'll be supporting them, and whether they're published in periodicals or developed as private missives, I’ll make sure you never miss one.

(Plus all prior rewards)
Fable of the Month Club
$15 or more per month
Writing as Caveat Magister, I've developed a very specific, stylized, and powerful collection of short fables, which were originally presented as gifts at Burning Man.  

You'll receive a new fable in this style every month - writing not available anywhere else.  You'll be supporting my continued fable writing, developing a larger collection which will someday be released into the world, and getting a new look - every month - at the world as it is through a lens of magic and legend.

(Plus all prior rewards)
Adventures in Drinking
$20 or more per month
Perhaps the most popular thing I've ever written was my bar column - Distillations.  Each column features a new or favorite watering hole, and a discussion with interesting collaborators, local artists, random bar patrons, or brilliant mixologists.  Readers said it was reminiscent of Studs Terkel - big issues revealed in small moments of leisure in magical places. 

I'm going to start it up again, occasionally for the public at large, always for you.  New Distillations will be published (almost) weekly:  be part of my nights out.

(Plus all prior rewards)
Magnum Opus
$30 or more per month
Truly inspired works of enduring value take time and attention and support to produce, especially when you have other things you’re doing. You will be supporting my work on a larger, longer-term, attempt to write something of true profundity - not a casual essay or story, but a magnum opus worthy of all the art and philosophy I can produce. You’ll get updates and sneak peeks as I embark on this long process, getting a look at my thoughts as they develop.

(Plus all prior rewards)
Get everything I write
$50 or more per month
Get everything new that I publish. If I publish a novel, I’ll send you a signed copy. If my work appears in a magazine, I’ll send you a copy signed. Blog post? You got it. New experimental work? Yep. Custom work? Uh huh. You get everything. 

I'll even send you the story drafts that I develop as part of my weekly writing workshops - a treasure trove of ideas, in the process of being cut like gemstones.  Rarely published, these are some of my very favorite things that I write.
Become a fictional character
$75 or more per month
I will base a recurring character on you. Somewhere. In something or multiple somethings. We’ll work out exactly how that works.

(Plus all prior levels)