A used copy of Orphans, the book of essays by Charles D’Ambrosio published by Tin House Press in 2005, currently sells on Amazon for around $150. That’s because the physically tiny book, about 6 inches tall and almost as wide, has become something of a Holy Grail for that group of people who decide upon whom to bestow the title of “writer’s writer.”
In fact, while I was reading my advanced review copy of Loitering, the new edition that reprints the essays of Orphans along with significant additional work, on New York City’s infamously literary L train, I was accosted by a writerly stranger who demanded how I got my hands on it. Sadly, his copy ...
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