Cindy Lee Johnson

Denis Johnson’s wife is now up. She is assuring us that Johnson “is on assignment. Legitimate.” She is now reading an acceptance speech.

“Naturally, I’m very grateful to the National Book Foundation for this award and I’m very sorry to miss this one chance to dress up in a tuxedo.”

“And Cindy, who have I forgotten? To all the judges who voted for Tree of Smoke, thank you so much.”

“I’d like to thank God.”

That’s pretty funny — that last line.


  1. Yes, thanks for setting this up.

    Had just finished reading Tree of Smoke a few hours before the announcement–would have liked to see Junot Diaz get the nod, but pleased with the choice.

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