Genre or Literary Fiction, NYC or MFA, Indie or Mainstream, Denis Johnson was beloved. He’s one of the few authors you could talk about while hanging out with hardcore horror authors or short story writers finishing up their MFA’s. There is one reason why Johnson found such a diverse fanbase. One of the best writers in the past 25 years, he inspired aspiring writers and working professionals alike. He made it look so easy, but the trained eye could see the hard work and talent that went into each line. The memories, reactions, and reflections span genres. The one thing that unites them all is admiration.