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PKM’s TOP 10 LIST: Catastrophe Books

NO FUTURE PKM’s OFFICIAL 10 BEST Non-Fiction Catastrophe Books: Recommended Reading for the Ungrateful. By Stacey Asip-Kneitschel

By Stacey Asip-Kneitschel

One night— many years ago— having temporarily gone off the rails, I phoned Legs McNeil to share in the experience. Legs (something of a veteran in going off the rails himself) shocked me with his apathy.

“So, open a book,” was his unsympathetic response.

No, no. It’s bad,” I whined.I CAN’T EVEN READ!

Not realizing it had come to this, Legs sprung into action. “Allow me,” he said, suddenly sounding like Wodehouse’s Jeeves, all benevolence and authority.
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PKM’s TOP 10 LIST: Catastrophe Books

NO FUTURE PKM’s OFFICIAL 10 BEST Non-Fiction Catastrophe Books: Recommended Reading for the Ungrateful. By Stacey Asip-Kneitschel
One night— many years ago— having temporarily gone off the rails, I phoned Legs McNeil to share in the experience. Legs (something of a veteran in going off the rails himself) shocked me with his apathy.

“So, open a book,” was his unsympathetic response.

No, no. It’s bad,” I whined.I CAN’T EVEN READ!

Not realizing it had come to this, Legs sprung into action. “Allow me,” he said, suddenly sounding like Wodehouse’s Jeeves, all benevolence and authority.

I heard him slide a book off his shelf. And then, administering the balm from Gilead, he began to read… “When the dam let go, the lake seemed to leap into the valley like a living thing… The wall of water snapped trees like pipe stems… the noise was deafening… the barn, wrenched from its footings, began to roll like a barrel, over and over. Running, stumbling, crawling hand over hand, clawing at tin and wood, Victor somehow managed to keep on top… He saw what appeared to be the whole Mussante family sailing by on a barn floor… Hands of the dead struck out of ruins, their arms stretched– the last instinct of expiring humanity grasping at a straw… The drowning and the devastation took all of ten minutes…

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