Wednesday, December 05, 2007

We'll go Dancing tonight

Denis Johnson (born 1949 in Munich, West Germany) is an American writer who has written numerous novels, short stories and poems. He was raised in Tokyo, Manila, and Washington. He holds a masters' degree from the University of Iowa. His work was influenced by the novelist Leonard Gardner. He has received many awards for his work, including a Lannan Fellowship in Fiction in (1993) and a Whiting Writer’s Award (1986). His most famous work is the collection of short stories Jesus' Son. In 2006-2007, he held the Mitte Chair in creative writing at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.
In 2002 Johnson won the Aga Khan Prize for Fiction from The Paris Review for Train Dreams
In 2007 Johnson won the National Book Award for his novel Tree of Smoke.[1]
1 Works
1.1 Novels
1.2 Short stories
1.3 Poems
1.4 Plays
1.5 Non-fiction
2 References
3 External links

Angels (1983)
Fiskadoro (1985)
The Stars at Noon (1986)
Resuscitation of a Hanged Man (1991)
Already Dead: A California Gothic (1998)
The Name of the World A Novella, (2000)
Train Dreams A Novella, (2002)
Tree of Smoke (2007)
[edit]Short stories
Jesus' Son (collection of short stories) (1992) was adapted for the screen and produced by Evenstar Films, and released by Lions Gate Films in 1999. It was named one of the top ten films of the year by The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Roger Ebert and others. The cast included Jack Black, Billy Crudup, Dennis Hopper, Holly Hunter, Denis Leary, Samantha Morton, Will Patton, and featured a cameo by Adewale Ayuba. Johnson himself plays a cameo role in the film as a man who has been stabbed in the eye by his wife. The title Jesus' Son comes from the song "Heroin" by The Velvet Underground.
"Dirty Wedding" /short story) (1990) published in The New Yorker 1990: The narrator tells how he liked to ride the El trains in Chicago, when he was in his mid-20s and living with a girl named Michelle.
The Man Among the Seals
Inner Weather
The Incognito Lounge
The Veil
The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations Millennium General Assembly: Poems Collected and New
Johnson's plays have been produced in San Francisco, Chicago, New York, and Seattle. He is the Resident Playwright of Campo Santo, the resident theater company at Intersection for the Arts in San Francisco.
Hellhound on my Trail
Shoppers Carried by Escalators into the Flames
Soul of a Whore
Psychos Never Dream
Des Moines (To be produced by Intersection for the Arts October 19 and 20, 2007)
Everything Has Been Arranged (An adaptation of Johnson's story Small Boys Unit, to be produced as part of Intersection for the Arts New Works Festival December 6-8, 2007)
Seek: Reports from the Edges of America & Beyond (2001)


Blogger Mike Begnal said...

"Jesus, why do I particularly work so hard?"
Many times when I am a vodka and cranberry, troubled or confused, I find comfort along with a difficult day, sitting to my back in yard and having after conversation with quiet Jesus. This happened in me again, I said

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