"The Largess of the Sea Maiden"
Short story by Denis Johnson
Appears in the 3/3/14 New Yorker
An adman recalls moments of impact and conversation with several people in his life. The episodes are quiet but have had an impact on him. He recalls a friend who painted and then died. He attends the memorial. He is given an award for an ad and then propositioned in the bathroom. The sense of death looming over him and the world is large. But there is a hint of resignation and even slight satisfaction.
This is the first Denis Johnson I've ever read. I want more.