Wendy Brenner’s classic 2005 profile of snake enthusiast Dean Ripa, who died Saturday. By now I’ve grown accustomed (and rather devoted) to Dean’s rhetorical style—outrageous overstatement, subsequent qualification—but I think I recognize something else, something authentic here: a certain strain of introverted misanthropy… | May, 2017
Patrick Wensink is the bestselling author of five books. His last novel, Fake Fruit Factory, was named one of NPR’s best books of 2015. His writing appears in the Oxford American, the New York Times, Esquire, and others. Follow him on Instagram @alleysoflouisville.