Mr. Apology And Other Essays (Fall 2003) 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… Nonfiction
Book Review

Mr. Apology And Other Essays (Fall 2003)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Writer: Alec Wilkinson; Genre: Nonfiction

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.''

Originally posted Oct 31, 2003 Published in issue #735 Oct 31, 2003 Order article reprints