Vendela Vida is the author of four books, including the novels The Lovers and Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name. She is a founding co-editor of the Believer and the editor of The Believer Book of Writers Talking to Writers.
I read Denis Johnson’s Jesus’ Son in 1995 when I was in graduate school, and it’s affected every ending I’ve ever written since. Even the endings to emails. In case you haven’t read it, the book is called a short . . .