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“What a Pair of Lungs!”: Denis Johnson’s Ecstatic American Voice

“What a Pair of Lungs!”: Denis Johnson’s Ecstatic American Voice

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Denis Johnson’s first and most perfectly realized novel, “Angels,” was the first novel I ever bought new, in hardcover. This was in 1983, in Ithaca, New York, the first wet, yellow week of upstate October. I was twenty-one, a college dropout, working as a bartender in support of the claim that I …

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