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Mr. Apology And Other Essays

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Mr. Apology and Other Essays

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Alec Wilkinson

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Paul Simon, serial killer John Wayne Gacy, New York Rangers goalie Mike Richter, the black-lipsticked lead singer of a fledgling glam-rock band, the guy who does research for Elmore Leonard, his own kid — the cast of Wilkinson’s collection of nonfiction is more grab bag than that of any ’70s disaster movie. But the all-seeing ”New Yorker” writer holds it all together by placing fun, searching profiles early on; darker, doomier stuff at the end; and, best of all, personal pieces in between. The book’s unexpected, heart-tightening high points are his two essays about raising a son who exhibits symptoms of autism-like Asperger’s syndrome, an experience that offers Wilkinson, ”time and again, unbidden, the opportunity to have my heart broken on behalf of my child.”