Everything a short story should be. I'll be thinking about this for days. It's very like Hunter S Thompson in some ways, (for one thing the two main characters are tripping on acid), but Johnson's story seems to contain many more layers of meaning. The narration doesn't use the inflection that I would imagine for those lines but, in the podcast discussion, Wolff says he has heard Johnson himself read so I'll assume it's authentic. It does make me wonder what the story looks like on the page then, and whether there are some punctuation and formatting clues. The discussion also mentioned there being a lot of exclamation points.I had never heard of either writer before, but I'll be hunting down more from Denis Johnson and probably Tobias Wolff as well.