Denis Johnson, "Lucky"

Precious moments with soldiers on a military base in The Phillippines in the ’60s.

(from McSweeney’s, issue 16)

A nicely written half-story. That’s not a dig, just a description. “Lucky” has no interest in telling a tale. It’s about setting up tension, getting into the heads of its characters for vignettes about the hell war would be if they were in a war. Those vignettes are pretty sharp.

Stiffed, “Ain’t Got Enough”

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