Category Archives: Jesus’ Son

Johnson’s “Beverly Home”

I felt like I had to laugh while reading “Beverly Home,” or otherwise I’d cry.  I too once volunteered at a nursing care facility that went by the name ‘Beverly such-and-such’ and I have to say Johnson’s descriptions really took … Continue reading

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Beverly Home

I think that Dennis Johnson took a different approach to this story than he did a lot of the others in the collection.  The first and most obvious is it’s longer.  There seems to be more character development here in … Continue reading

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Beverly Home

I was really excited to read the final story of this collection and see how Johnson was going to wrap everything up.  I thought that this story was more mature than the previous ones.  It seemed to explore a different … Continue reading

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Denis Johnson’s “Steady Hands…” and “Happy Hour”

One of the things that I liked most about the reading for today is that they were kind of similar in the structure of the dialogue.  In “Happy Hour” there is almost no exposition with the large piece of dialogue, … Continue reading

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Denis Johnson’s “Steady Hands…” and “Happy Hour”

So, this might be a shock to everyone, but I wasn’t as impressed/in love with these two stories as I have been with everything else in this book.  I still thoroughly enjoyed both of the stories and found amazing aspects … Continue reading

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Denis Johnson’s “Steady Hands…”

Another story that is primarily dialogue driven, yet this is just a snippet out of the characters’ lives, and it feels like this is not happening, that perhaps this is just another dream to the narrator after he has checked … Continue reading

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Denis Johnson’s Endings

I’m sure everyone’s pretty tired of listening to how much I like Denis Johnson over all the other authors we’ve read this semester, but after this week’s readings, I discovered one more specific thing that he does so well that … Continue reading

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Comparing the 3

Each story I read, at the end I always end up reflecting on how that story fits with the particular author’s writing style and how each of the three writers differ from one another.  I think I’ve said it in … Continue reading

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Unreliable Narrator in “Emergency”

Denis Johnson’s characters in “Emergency,” Georgie and the narrator, are described as untrustworthy and complete idiots. I thought it was interesting how Denis Johnson portrayed these disdained qualities of Georgie and “Fuckhead” through the lack of credibility in the confessional … Continue reading

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“It’s just a miracle you didn’t end up sightless…”

“…or at least dead.” That’s what the nurse tells Terrence Weber, “the man with the knife in his head,” in Denis Johnson’s story “Emergency.” The line is really funny, and it sounds absolutely true — that being sightless would be … Continue reading

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