I don’t know who God is, or any of that. People concerned with those questions turn up in my stories, but I can’t explain why they do. Sometimes I wish they wouldn’t.
I spent a few weeks back in the world of Denis Johnson and found myself especially re-loving ANGELS and his smart, canny essays in the collection SEEK. Carson McCullers’s hard, heartbreaking, cuttingly precise THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER and REFLECTIONS IN A GOLDEN EYE were sneaky roundhouse punches once more. They flattened me.
Still doing your holiday shopping? Well we here at The Millions suggest that this year (and every year), you give the gift of great literature. And where better to find some book recommendations than straight from the authors you most admire? Zadie Smith, for example, says you should read Denis Johnson’s Train Dreams. Alexander Chee says you should read Helen DeWitt’s The Last Samurai. Our staff writer, Edan Lepucki, wants everyone to just bite the bullet and read Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl if they haven’t yet.
Another month, another Tumblr post in which we urge you to read Denis Johnson’s Train Dreams. (The book is now enjoying its sixth month on our Top Ten.)