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More Fiction & Nonfiction Among Other Things: Essays
These essays combine a journalist’s relentless investigations into the darkest corners of the human condition with an academic’s love for snippets of unlikely arcana. In one essay almost forgotten homeopathic recipes from the pantries of Pennsylvania Dutch country are interwoven with the panicked absurdities of elementary school health classes in the 1960s. In another old case files of small town murders intertwine with meditations on all the fears, large and small, that accompany parenting. In his latest collection, Gary Fincke plums the depths – child abuse, violence, illness, grief – not for their darkness but for moments of courage, hope, empathy, and light.
“The Darkness Call: Essays reflects on what lurks, on what can catch us unawares. From viruses and space junk to atomic bombs and murderers, what might be an shadow or suggestion takes on the shape of the real. Gary Fincke’s collection reminds us that nothing is sure, nothing is certain; everything can dissolve or explode in an atomic second. The book is a call to hold what we love, to love what we hold. Ever-changing, surprising, engaging, and enthralling as a skyscape from which the unexpected falls, these essays deliver a beautiful and spectacular show of subjects and forms”
“Innovative, vibrant, and intricate, these essays journey through laughter, contagion, martyrdom, and the history of the atomic bomb. Fincke is a gifted writer, and one who knows that the greatest beauty, and the deepest surprise, is always found in the details.”
-Dinty W. Moore