- Creator Breakdown: Johnson, a recovering alcoholic, resumed drinking heavily during the course of writing. The alcohol abuse contributed to his sudden early death. His widow swore that he only started drinking again because the book's dark material so deeply impacted his mental health.
- One-Book Author: Johnson did have some other stuff in the works, but Author Existence Failure struck.
- Word of God: Johnson stated in one of his rare interviews that the book was really about the troubled intergenerational politics of the late 60s and early 70s. If you squint, you can juuuust see it.
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