Denis Johnson’s massively influential short story collection Jesus’ Son celebrates its 25th birthday this year. As an article in yesterday’s New York Times reported, authors and actors—Jenny Offill (Department of Speculation, While You Were Napping), Michael Cunningham (A Wild Swan and Other Tales, The Hours), Victor LaValle (The Ballad of Black Tom, The Ecstatic) and Chuck Palahniuk (Making Something Up, Fight Club)—gathered at New York’s Symphony Space to sing the book’s praises.
Have no idea what I’m talking about? Just read the book (don’t let that guy in your MFA dissuade you). It’s really short. Or watch the 2002 film adaptation. Or check out these tributes by Jason Diamond and Natasha Vargas Cooper. (By the by, Johnson himself recently made an appearance in the absolutely bananas documentary, Author: The J. T. Leroy Story, which is well worth watching if you like books, Courtney Love, vacuous celebrities, and / or the 90s.)