Loitering: New and Collected Essays (Paperback)
There is no better way to introduce an essay collection than to recognize the humility required in its making, and there is (apparently) now no better writer to prove this than Charles D'Ambrosio. His knowing that "we are more intimately bound to one another by our kindred doubts than our brave conculsions" allows him to plainly wander, linger, loiter in places and with people he does not know: his changed Seattle, the scene of a 'media-buzzing' crime, an evangelical haunted house, a Russian orphanage, and that he does his wandering without explicit intent allows him to encounter the deepest and most beautiful of truths. - Joanna— From Joanna
Charles D'Ambrosio's essay collection Orphans spawned something of a cult following. In the decade since the tiny limited-edition volume sold out its print run, its devotees have pressed it upon their friends, students, and colleagues, only to find themselves begging for their copy's safe return. For anyone familiar with D'Ambrosio's writing, this enthusiasm should come as no surprise. His work is exacting and emotionally generous, often as funny as it is devastating. Loitering gathers those eleven original essays with new and previously uncollected work, so that a broader audience might discover one of our great living essayists. No matter his subject--Native American whaling, a Pentecostal "hell house," Mary Kay Letourneau, the work of J.D. Salinger, or, most often, his own family--D'Ambrosio approaches each piece with a singular voice and point of view; each essay, while unique and surprising, is unmistakably his own.
About the Author
Charles D'Ambrosio is the author two collections of short stories, "The Point" (a finalist for the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award) and "The Dead Fish Museum" (a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award), as well as the essay collection "Orphans." His work has appeared frequently in "The New Yorker," as well as in "Tin House," "The Paris Review," "Zoetrope All-Story," "A Public Space," and "Story." He's been the recipient of the Whiting Writers' Award, an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Lannan Foundation Fellowship, and a USA Rasmuson Fellowship. He lives in Portland, OR.