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Jesus' Son by Denis Johnson
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Aug 22, 2008

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I had high expectation for this one; a bunch of writers have cited it as a primary influence, and I thought Tree of Smoke was pretty good. And Jesus' Son certainly had its moments. Johnson can be a beautiful writer. But overall, the stories felt loose and flappy.

Some of this probably has to do with subject matter. Writing about drug heads doesn't require that any of their motivations or sentiments actually "make sense" and, while this has a certain liberating effect on the idea of prescriptive psychology, it can make for stories that just sort of skim along on a surface of words, keeping the reader caught up in the reflected sky, which is beautiful, sure, but no deeper than that rippling play of light.
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message 1: by Kyle (new)

Kyle Callahan There's a movie called "Jesus' Son." Is that based on this?

Alex Yep.

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