Denis Johnson (1949-2017)

Denis Johnson’s Jesus’ Son, a collection of interconnected stories about rural U.S. addicts and petty criminals, took its title from the Velvet Underground’s “Heroin”:

Johnson established his wide range of styles from the beginning, moving directly from the noir of his debut, Angels, to the speculative fiction of Fiskadoro, which was set in the post-apocalyptic culture that grew within the quarantine zone after Miami was nuked. Jesus’ Son was probably his masterpiece, but his novels are all well worth reading.

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