Jesus' Son, inspired a generation of writers with its gritty depictions of heroin use among troubled young men in rural America. Critics invoked William Burroughs to describe the scope of Johnson's achievement, and the book's later adaptation, in 1999, into a feature-length movie — starring Billy Crudup, Denis Leary, Den- nis Hopper, and Holly Hunter — was similarly embraced by critics. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the book's release, and to celebrate, some of America's most talented contemporary writers — including Chuck Palahniuk (Fight Club) and Michael Cunningham (The Hours) — will read selections from the work and discuss its influence. Crudup is also slated to perform an excerpt.
Denis Johnson's 1992 short-story collection,