Litstack Rec: The Dead Fish Museum & The Red

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The Dead Fish Museum: Stories, by Charles D’Ambrosio While most of the writing world is in Portland at #AWP19, myself included, taking in panels, readings, and the bookfair with hundreds of exhibitors of presses small and large, there isn’t much we get to see of Portland, the stunning Pacific Northwest landscape with its majestic Shasta [….]

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

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Beautiful Ruins Jess Walter HarperCollins Publishers First Edition – June 12, 2012 ISBN 978-0-06-192812-3 — ♦ — Towards the end of Jess Walter’s lovely new novel, Beautiful Ruins, one of the characters muses as the world is unraveling around him that life, despite all its shortcomings, is a “glorious catastrophe”.  It is this ability to recognize beauty [….]