Senseless (not the Wayan Bros. slapstick) is the darkest, most brutal hostage/torture narrative one can imagine (though, philosophically, and only through the thorough and empathetic characterizations wrought at Stona Fitch’s able hands that one is wholly and disparately aligned with the captive and his captors. His most famous novel, speaking of hands, is Give + Take, essentially a touring jazz pianist who in his off-hours robs jewels and riches and just as swiftly and anonymously bestows the deftly-gotten gains to a worthy charity.
And in that spirit, Fitch’s most extraordinary and ongoing contribution is through his Concord Free Press, a publisher which gives away its books, with the suggestion that when one passes on the book to someone else, one makes a charitable donation to a charity or person in need; a complete re-thinking of the function of publishing, or the currency and current accorded the written word.
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