Grant Faulkner shares a reading list to celebrate ALL THE COMFORT SIN CAN PROVIDE.
Tags: All the Comfort Sin Can Provide, Anais Nin, Close to the Knives, crime and punishment, David Wojnarowicz, Denis Johnson, Empire of the Senseless, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Grant Faulkner, jesus son, justin torres, Kathy Acker, Kim Addonizio, leesa cross-smith, Luster, malcolm lowry, Now We're Getting Somewhere, Ocean Vuong, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous, Raven Leilani, Roberto Bolaño, So We Can Glow, The Diary of Anais Nin, The Savage Detectives, Under the Volcano, we the animals, What to Read When
Joel Mowdy discusses his debut story collection, FLOYD HARBOR.
Tags: 1990s, agency, Alice McDermott, Cannery Row, catapult, debut collection, Denis Johnson, expat, expatriate writers, first book, Floyd Harbor, hope, Indonesia, jesus son, Joel Mowdy, john steinbeck, Lithuania, Long Island, Mastic Beach, millennials, Pat Strachan, setting, short fiction, short stories, Stuart Dybek, That Night, The Coast of Chicago, Tommy Dean, vignette, zachary lazar
[I]n Johnson’s whole protean oeuvre, more than any pair of books, Jesus’ Son and The Largesse of the Sea Maiden are like binary stars, locked in orbit, distinct but inseparable, each throwing its light upon the other. ...more
Tags: 9/11, Angels, Christianity, death, Denis Johnson, Fiskadoro, Fuckhead, Heart of Darkness, jesus son, joseph conrad, Kevin Zambrano, Resuscitation of a Hanged Man, short stories, The Largesse of the Sea Maiden, The Laughing Monsters, Train Dreams, Tree of Smoke, Twin Towers, Wallace Stevens
Winter’s writing seems effortless. It’s sad, enthralling, at times hilarious stuff.
Tags: Brad, Brad Watson, by night in chile, Denis Johnson, Exes, Geoffrey Wolff, humor, Jason Molina, jesus son, Julie Atlas Muz, Julie Buntin, Maile Meloy, Maria Anderson, Marisa Matarazzo, Matt Sumell, max winter, Michael Andreasen, Michelle Latiolais, Pale Fire, Randall Jarrell, Richard Hell, The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project, trauma
If you’re judging your characters, you’re not doing it right. I’ll always be grateful to [Denis] Johnson for teaching me that. ...more
Tags: addiction, Bloomsday, college, David Copperfield, Denis Johnson, dropout, Fuckhead, graduate school, Hemingway, Heroin, high school, infinite jest, Jack Hotel, jail, jesus son, Justin Carroll-Allan, Nick Adams, overdose, Pride and Prejudice, Raymond Carver, reading, Richard Ford, robbery, sober, sobriety, The Killers, theft, What We Talk About When We Talk About Love
Ranbir Singh Sidhu discusses his new novel,
Deep Singh Blue, growing up in rural California, and the privileged, problematic world of publishing. ...more
Tags: 1984, Angel, BART, Bay Area, buffy, California, childhood, coming of age, Concord, Deep Singh Blue, Denis Johnson, displacement, family, gay, Good Indian Girls, immigrants, jesus son, Kelly Lynn Thomas, KKK, Klan, London, love, lynching, NAACP, new york, novels, Oakland, publishing industry, Punjabi, Ranbir Singh Sidhu, rural california, rural life, San Francisco, Unnamed Press, white upper middle class
The Publisher-in-Chief of Civil Coping Mechanisms and Book Reviews Editor for Electric Literature talks about his newest novel,
The Strangest. ...more
Tags: absurdist, alcoholism, Almost Transparent Blue, Berit Ellingsen, Camus, Carly J. Hallman, civil coping mechanisms, cote smith, crapalachia, depression, Drive, Electric Literature, experimental fiction, Falter Kingdom, Gabino Iglesias, Heather Scott Partington, House of Leaves, hurt people, Internet, interview, jesus son, Mark Z. Danielewski, michael seidlinger, Not Dark Yet, novel-writing, research, Social Media, the stranger, The Strangest, Upstream Color, Waiting for Godot, Year of the Goose, Zero Saints
Author Megan Kruse talks about her debut novel,
Call Me Home, queer characters in rural places, sibling relationships, and how the music of Lucinda Williams inspires her. ...more
Tags: Aileen Keown Vaux, anxiety, Bad Behavior, book tour, Brother I'm Dying, Call Me Home, Carter Sickels, childhood, Denis Johnson, domestic violence, Dorothy Allison, edwidge danticat, family, fiction, fiction queer novels, home, Janis Joplin, Jayne Anne Phillips, jesus son, love, Lucinda Williams, Mark Richard, mary gaitskill, Mary Gauthier, Megan Kruse, novels, place, Richard Siken, rural life, Sam Gladstein, siblings, small towns, The Ice at the Bottom of the World, writing
Patrick O’Neil talks about his debut memoir
Gun Needle Spoon, being big in France, the drug/recovery genre, and writing through trauma. ...more
Tags: 13e Note, addiction, Alex Haley, American Junkie, Augusten Burroughs, Claude Brown, crime, Danny Bland, debut, Denis Johnson, Down These Mean Streets, drugs, Film, France, Gun Needle Spoon, Heroin, Hold-Up, In Case We Die, James Brown, Jeannette Walls, jerry stahl, jesus son, Jim Carroll, Junky, Manchild in the Promise Land, memoir, memory, MFA, Michelle Tea, musician, noir, Patrick O'Neil, Permanent Midnight, Piri Thomas, PTSD, recovery, Rob Roberge, San Francisco, teaching, teaching writing, The Autobiography of Malcolm X, The Basketball Diaries, The Glass Castle, The Los Angeles Diaries, Tom Hansen, trauma, Valencia, William S. Burroughs
Jesus’ Son is often considered the seminal work of Denis Johnson’s career. But recently Johnson called the book a “rip-off” of Isaac Babel’s early 20th century work, Red Cavalry. For The Millions, Nathan Scott McNamara contests Johnson’s assertion, arguing that “rip-off” is not the proper word to describe the influence of Red Cavalry on the author’s story collection: In Jesus’ Son, the […]