August 17.

“…The ending reads like this: ‘All those weirdos, and me getting a little better every day right in the midst of them. I had never known, never even imagined for a heartbeat, that there might be a place for people like us.’

"One thing I love about this ending is that it’s very different from the endings to the other stories in the collection—stories that end with someone saying, ‘Talk into my bullet hole. Tell me I’m fine.’ Or ‘And you, you ridiculous people, you expect me to help you.’ In fact, the last paragraph of the book reframes everything you’ve read before. You might have thought Jesus’ Son was bleak and maybe even a tad nihilistic at times, but then, with this coda, you realize that Fuckhead and everyone around him aren’t doomed; they’re doing what the rest of us are doing, which can more or less can be summarized as trying not to feel alone in this world.”
Vendela Vida on “Jesus’ Son,Brick, Winter 2007

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