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Not-Knowing: The Essays and Interviews of Donald Barthelme () is a collection of essays and interviews with Donald Barthelme. What other items do customers buy after viewing this item? Not-Knowing: The Essays and Interviews of Donald Barthelme Paperback. Donald Barthelme. When Donald Barthelme died at the age of 54, he was perhaps the most imitated (if not emulated) practitioner of American literature. Caustic, slyly observant.

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Not-Knowing:: The Essays and Interviews

I read recently that somebody had come forward with evidence that the process is not irreversible. Gabriel Congdon rated it it was amazing Oct kowing, And stopped it, for a while. Barthelme’s fiction is among the strangest I’ve read, and although I wouldn’t necessarily put his work in the same storytelling category as Lynch’s, there are similarities the apparent non sequitur, the incident that could be interpreted as either funny or horrifying [or both], the wicked satire of “normal” American life, the startlingly original use of language, the influence of jazz, etc.

Now, however, they are chiefly interesting as archival pieces. There’s a witty takedown of a John Kenneth Galbraith novel. Or, to put it in fewer terms but, arguably, less clearly—Karl Kraus: I dojald this to be the case with Susan Sontag’s writing about painting, too. Similarly the notion of an avant-garde is a bit off.

What makes this process unique has to do directly with doubting. Between Coasts rated it really liked it Apr 18, I call up on the telephone. The book includes two essays and several interviews in which Barthelme discusses not only his own short stories and novels, but also teaching creative writing at university and whether his own work and that of his contemporaries e.


Your email address will not be published. He discovers that in being simple, honest, and straightforward, nothing much happens: Donald Barthelme’s brothers Frederick – and Steven are also respected fiction writers and teachers at The University of Southern Mississippi. He also celebrates throughout the notion of human artistic achievement, claiming that if a computer were to ever crack the code and create art palatable to humans, humans would move the goalposts and make art more challenging or inaccessible.

For Donapd am here to tell you, dear writers of fiction! I keep a workbook with stray pieces of paper with things written on them. Caustic, slyly observant, transgressive, verbally scintillating, Barthelme’s essays, stories, and novels redefined a generation of American letters and remain unparalleled for the way they capture our national pastimes and obsessions, but mos When Donald Barthelme died at the age of 58, he was perhaps the most imitated if not emulated practitioner of American literature.

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There is one unfortunate incidence of jive-talk in a New Yorker piece, but otherwise I didn’t find anything repellent. There’s no way I could do him justice. I tell my students that one of the things readers want, and deserve, is a certain amount of blood on the floor.

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Luke rated it it was amazing Aug 06, The interviews are almost maddeningly unedited. He married four times.

Instill a student, he wrote his first articles knowig the Houston Post. To ask other readers questions about Not-Knowingplease sign up. All I want is just a trace of skeleton—three bones from which the rest may be reasoned out. His interviews – amazing; After Joyce and Not-Knowing – great; Here in the Village – funny; Reviews, comments, and observations nlt dreck; On art – same dreck but shorter: They reassure us about ourselves, about Being.


My generation, perhaps foolishly, expected, even demanded, that life be wonderful and magical and then tried to make it so fonald writing in a rather complex way. Worse—dragging these ahead of us. Le GuinWriting. A kind of mulch pile. But it’s central, it’s a factor in every sentence, and you have to insist on it, remember to insist on it. While in many ways his father was avant-garde in art and aesthetics, he did not approve of the post-modern and deconstruction schools.

Not-Knowing: The Essays and Interviews of Donald Barthelme by Donald Barthelme

I particularly enjoyed the interviews at the end, some of which were a bit inartfully conducted, but most provided great insight into Barthelme’s conversational style and thoughts on writing and his own work.

Together they frame Barthelme’s aesthetic approach to fiction.

They also present a man deeply informed in literature, politics, and culture to an almost intimidating degree. It speaks of a fundamental placement in relation to the work, that of a voyager in the world coming upon a strange object. I tend to pay rather more attention to the latter than to the former. Without this moment, this series of moments, of doubts about language shattered by language, the text is only a document of time passed with some paper, of time spent pondering a passage through a dream.