L. J. Davis, 1940–2011
L. J. Davis was a remarkable writer with a caustic sensibility that was very much his own. He was also a true character, scabrously funny and perfectly free of false piety. NYRB was lucky to publish his novel A Meaningful Life, one of the best books about not just New York but America in the strange decade of the 1970s, when the country lost its post-World War II optimism once and for all. I hope L.J. wrote down his wonderful and oft-told story about flooring (literally) a drunken George W. Bush. As far as I know it doesn’t make an appearance in Decision Points.—Edwin Frank, Editor, NYRB Classics
April 11, 2011, 12:33 p.m.