A few years ago I read Arthur Bradford's Dogwalker:
It was hilarious. I loved it.
It was also unique, which was why when I was in the mood for something like it, I couldn't find anything.
Dogwalker is often compared to Denis Johnson's Jesus' Son:
So when I was in the mood for Dogwalker, but didn't want to reread Dogwalker, I reread Jesus' Son with the comparison in mind. It's a great book, but it didn't scratch the Dogwalker itch.
Unrelated to Denis Johnson, Jesus' Son, Arthur Bradford, or Dogwalker, I was reading this blog at work, which led me to that blogger's guest post at a different site where he recommended a story from Ann Beattie's Distortions:
I went to the library and checked out a copy of Distortions. It wasn't on the shelves. It was in the place where they keep books where the librarian has to go get them for you. The librarian was nice but tried to make me feel like he was doing me a favor.
I read the third story in Distortions, called "Fancy Flights." It was terrific. It reminded me of the stories in Dogwalker.
I was doing some Anne Beattie-related googling and found out that she wrote the novel Chilly Scenes of Winter, which was the basis for the movie starring John Heard and the crush-worthy Mary Beth Hurt, which is a movie I like a lot.
Everything worked out regarding scratching the Dogwalker itch.