The A.V. Club’s favorite books of 2018 so far

The first half of 2018 has seen dozens of notable releases: Rachel Kushner’s follow-up to The Flamethrowers, Stephen King’s “It for the Trump era,” a much-buzzed-about debut from Tommy Orange; essay collections from heavyweights like Marilynne Robinson and Zadie Smith; short story collections from favorites John Edgar…

Life and death are weird and wild in Denis Johnson’s The Largesse Of The Sea Maiden

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“In the last five years I’ve been arrested about eight times, shot twice, not twice on one occasion but once on two different occasions, etc etc and I think I got run over once but I don’t even remember it.” The narrator of “The Starlight On Idaho” in Denis Johnson’s The Largesse Of The Sea Maiden writes this from an…