Charles D’Ambrosio is criminally underrated, possibly the best writer ever to come out of Seattle. He writes the kinds of things other writers are too scared to write—the things most people dance around or dress up in dumb language or can’t face. One of the thrills of his essays is exactly how much he gives you, how much he is willing to describe, including the way his brother killed himself and the way his other brother tried to kill himself. Because he’s a brilliant writer, you don’t get stuck in the gloom; the gloom is the subject matter, and the relief is the writer’s pure talent. Go see him read from his new collection of essays, Loitering. It will leave a permanent mark on your mind. (Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Ave,, 7 pm, free)

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