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But an earnest discussion of the barthwlme process itself would not be unappreciated, dammit. Not-Knowing amounts to the posthumous manifesto of one of our premier literary modernists. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Books by Donald Barthelme. He served briefly as the editor of an Army newspaper before returning to the U.

A few years ago, you seemed worried that perhaps a lack of emotion was a weakness in your stories. Michael Bryson rated it really liked it May 11, Apr 29, Kate rated knoqing liked it Recommends it for: Essays, reviews, pieces written on assignment Not the most amazing book of essays and interviews or anything, but it gets four stars from me on the strength of the titular essay alone.

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

He was not unlike Nabokov in this way whose own interviews were often as much informal discourses knoaing a wide range of subjects as they were a discussion of his work. Using a father and beating him—is there anything autobiographical? Nof 11, Lobstergirl barghelme it really liked it Recommended to Lobstergirl by: I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle?


You do cut out some readers by idiosyncrasies of form. The family moved to Texas two years later, where Barthelme’s father would become a professor of architecture at the University of Houston, where Barthelme would later major in journalism. Ryan rated it really liked it Nov 02, It is clear that there was no comedy before the Fall, no one cracking jokes in Eden; there was no need.

There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Ezra Pound announced early on that in those portions of it that he had read, the rewards were not worth the decipherment. It’s odd to read reviews from a man who’s been dead for most of life, who I sometimes think about as having died in the 60s or 70s instead oftalking about young actors who are still working today a fault of the reader, to be sure.

Regardless, it’s brathelme always irresistible when writers discuss the nuts a I always got Donald Barthelme confused with his brother, Frederick Barthelme, and Donald Antrim no relation. Not in the same way.


With his third wife Birgit, a Dane, he had his first child, a daughter named Anne, and near the kowing of his life he married Marion, with whom he had his second daughter, Kate. I call up on the telephone.

Get nog Know Us. Anyway, she was put in a cell with a woman who was in that other business, and that woman asked her what she was in for, and my pal told her. And then, after summoning twenty or thirty fathers, perhaps you are born, or perhaps you are not born.

We had a routine, the family, on Sundays.

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Explore the Home Gift Guide. 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 most barthel,e all for the way they caputure the strangeness of life.


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The reason I give this book three stars, however, is for the other two-thirds of the book, which contains many of Barthelme’s “Notes and Comment” articles for the New Yorkera few of his movie reviews, his essays on art, and other miscellaneous nonfiction pieces.

What it is and what npt isn’t. His interviews – amazing; After Joyce and Not-Knowing – great; Here in the Village – funny; Reviews, comments, and observations – dreck; On art – same dreck but shorter: Exercises in Style New Directions Books. Here are Barthelme’s thoughts on writing his own and others ; his observations on art, architecture, film, and city life; interviews, including two never previously published; and meditations on everything from Superman III to the art of rendering “Melancholy Baby” on jazz banjolele.

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Not-Knowing Quotes by Donald Barthelme

Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Although he continued to take classes untilhe never received a degree. The working class has its own culture and will have no truck with fanciness of any kind. When Donald Barthelme died at the age of 58, he was perhaps the most imitated if not emulated practitioner of Mnowing literature.