Watch this space: Denis Johnson


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Denis Johnson’s last book, Tree of Smoke, won the National Book Award. Now, reports the New York Times, his new novel, Nobody Move, will appear in four monthly installments in Playboy, beginning with the July 2008 issue, which hits newsstands today.

Playboy’s too smart to make Nobody Move available on its website; the idea is to sell magazines, after all. But if you’re interested in what Johnson is up to, we’ll have the story covered right here. Over the next four months, I’ll be reviewing each installment on Jacket Copy as it comes out. In addition, we’ll host a series of discussions about the novel, Johnson’s work in general and the fine art of the serial.


So stay tuned. The first review goes live on Monday, with commentary and conversation after that.

David L. Ulin