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Denis Johnson, 1949-2017

By posted at 1:07 pm on May 26, 2017 2

“My ear for the diction and rhythms of poetry was trained by — in chronological order — Dr. Seuss, Dylan Thomas, Walt Whitman, the guitar solos of Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix, and T.S. Eliot.” Author Denis Johnson has died at age 67, reports The Washington Post. Our own Sonya Chung recommended Johnson’s celebrated short story collection Jesus’ Son to a friend some years back, saying “I know it will knock him out. It does (of course).”

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2 Responses to “Denis Johnson, 1949-2017”

  1. Rusty
    at 10:48 am on May 27, 2017

    He will be greatly missed. My absolute favorite writer. I wait with anticipation for his new short story collection.

  2. steven augustine
    at 6:43 pm on May 27, 2017

    I’m starting to wonder if human lifespans are declining in The West.

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