Benjamin DeHaven

“DeHaven makes Bukowski look like a Disney character!”​ Scripps Publishing

“DeHaven is either a thinking man's Tucker Max, or an idiot's Hunter S. Thompson”
​Ken Wilbur, PHD Marketing Magazine Journal, California

“Here's One Book you Must Read that Also Asks you, What's the meaning of life? and is there really a God up there guiding your decisions?”
Ed Held
​Louisiana Studio News. 

“Michael Enzo reminds me of Ignatius J. Reilly, but with a drug habit and mob connections.”
Don Monaco

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*Notes from Ben: Clean Well Lighted Places is the title page of this site, because it might be my favorite Hemingway story and we both had homes in Chicago. I enjoy satire, dark satire in my writing, and feeble attempts at humor. I hope one day to find Hemingway's "Clean Well Lighted Place." On the reviews above: I feel blessed to be compared with any writers and would give my soul to come close to any of those comparisons.  We help ourselves and draw our own sails, but being compared to any writers including Bukowski, Hunter S. Thompson, Tucker Max, Ginsberg, or Dr. Seuss is a fantastic honor. I will do my best to be as drunk as Bukowski, as honest as Hemingway, as insightful as Hunter S. Thompson, as funny as Tucker Max, and as clever as Dr. Seuss.


​Foreword Reviews-- Quirky and inarguably unique in both style and content, Confessions of a Self-Help Writer is sure to evoke strong reactions. 

*If your not writing about something that turns you on why do it?

*Four things I can't live without are Laughter, my Health, Hope, and the promise of Love.

*I'm inspired by kindness, with I am often blessed to see, and human cruelty which constantly shocks me. I am either driven to do something nice for someone without being discovered, or to destroy someone in public. 

*My preference has always been paperbacks-- the more worn the better. Books are one of the few things that truly get better with age and the only thing I know of where love is mirrored by abuse. If someone loans you a book that has been torn, ripped, written in, and smells like mold-they’ve just given you a piece of their soul. So be grateful.

A  ghost, a philanthropist, a con man, a devout Catholic, a gigolo, a savior, an heir, a common man, a writer, and an addict are just some of the words used to describe Michael Enzo. He’s defrauded an industry for almost 20 years by exploiting people’s insecurities and profiting from them. After failing to make what he considered to be a positive impact on society he began to destroy those closest to him, including Benjamin DeHaven, the author of this book. More than likely these two friends contributed more to the field of self-help, while profiting from it, than they will ever know. Believing they could only understand people’s problems by suffering along with them they lived on the razor’s edge.  Their roller coaster friendship was eventually ruptured by their mutual involvement with an adult film star and entered a new chapter in a federal courthouse in Philadelphia last year. Enzo mysteriously disappeared before sentencing and is still wanted. This journal was salvaged from Enzo’s New Orleans estate after hurricane Katrina and was originally hidden by his wife. In an effort to clear his conscience, DeHaven has released the personal journal of his longtime friend Michael Enzo. It is DeHaven’s hope that  people will start helping themselves again after reading it. Discover what turns someone from preaching salvation towards seeking its destruction.
This is a true story.

Great Midwest Book Fair-Winner Best New Voice in Fiction
Los Angeles Times Best General Fiction-runner up

Copyright © 2014 by Benjamin DeHaven. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording or by any information storage and retrieval system, without written permission from the author and copyright holder except for the inclusion of brief quotations in a review. For information address Lagniappe Publishing, Permissions Department, PO Box 1854, Midlothian, VA 23112. This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously, and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, business establishments, events, or locales is entirely coincidental. Publisher's Cataloging-in Publication Data DeHaven, Benjamin W. Confessions of a self-help writer : the journal of Michael Enzo / written by Benjamin W. DeHaven. pages cm ISBN: 978-0-9899126-8-6 (Hardcover) 1. Diaries—Fiction. 2. Self-help techniques—Fiction. 3. Swindlers and swindling—Fiction. 4. Satire. I. DeHaven, Benjamin Wade. II. Title. PS3604.E1227 C66 2014 813—dc23 2013957333 ISBN 978-0-9899126-8-6 ISBN 978-0-9899126-9-3 Ebook