Find the best quotes by Denis Johnson.
You’re under pressure when you produce facts. You’re working with facts in journalism, but you’re under all kinds of formal constraints; there are expectations.
What’s funny about Jesus’ Son is that I never even wrote that book, I just wrote it down. I would tell these stories and people…
In the plays – that’s where I go crazy. But my prose has a much lighter touch; it’s not trying to thrill with language, just…
I’d met a woman and I got married, but the money ran out right away. I hadn’t had a job for seven months, and it…
I was probably 35 when I wrote the first story. The voice is kind of a mix in that it has a young voice, but…
I didn’t finish the stories until we went to the Philippines and I got malaria. I couldn’t work and I didn’t have any money, but…
When I’m writing for Esquire, my conscious thought is, I’m not writing for American Scholar.
All the modern verse plays, they’re terrible; they’re mostly about the poetry. It’s more important that the play is first.
I think it’s silly for anyone to think you could write under the influence, but if they’d like to think that, I’d like to keep…
If you take a lie and allow your desire for the truth, you’ll end up with some truth – not fact, but something that gets…
If you write fiction, you’re by yourself. There are certain advantages to that in that you don’t have to explain anything to anybody. But when…
I really enjoy writing novels. It’s like the ocean. You can just build a boat and take off.
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