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…

Denis Johnson’s The Laughing Monsters asks what it means to belong anywhere

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After publishing nearly 20 books, including novels, short stories, poetry, essays, and plays, Denis Johnson doesn’t get nearly the recognition he deserves for the sheer diversity of his work. He was bestowed with a National Book Award in 2007 for what many called “his big book,” Tree Of Smoke, a sprawling imagistic…