Litstack Recs: Passage to Ararat & The Orphan Master’s Son

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Passage to Ararat, by Michael J. Arlen Tuesday, April 24, marked a sober anniversary, 103 years since the Armenian genocide, when 1.2 million Armenians systematically died at the hands of the Ottoman Turkish Government. In Little Armenia, in Los Angeles, marches and observances gave voice to the painful legacy of the genocide for the ancestors [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – Trash and Treasure

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I will be the first to admit that I walk slowly.  I don’t even really walk – I stroll.  It’s been years since my husband and I have walked side by side:  he’s always moving, rushing, in motion, whereas I tend to amble; he gets there, I get there eventually.  It’s just the way it [….]

‘Orphan Master’s Son’ Wins the Pulitzer

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From The Huffington Post: “The Orphan Master’s Son” by Adam Johnson won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2013. The book, set in North Korea, is about a young man who rises to become a threat to the dictator Kim Jong-il, and then tries to get his wife and step children out of the country. The [….]