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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I could very cheerfully be a typographer. Then one comes a window oneself. It didn’t help that they all wrote for the New Yorkerwhich also has about five hundred writers named Ian writing for them none of them any relation to Donald, Frederick, or Donald, that I know of.

Robert Howell rated it liked it Nov 11, It may be a matter of mood, resonances, mental glimpses, voices, emotions, visions, dreams, anything.

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I keep a workbook with stray pieces of paper with things written on them. He was not unlike Nabokov in this way whose own interviews were often as much informal knowinng on a wide range of subjects as they were a discussion of his work. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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The human body nkt, or can be, a sufficiency. All I want is just a trace of skeleton—three bones from which the rest may be reasoned out. For I am here to tell you, dear writers of fiction! Probably a function of being more interested in other parts of the process.

He discovers that in being simple, honest, and straightforward, nothing much happens: Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Jul 02, Tom rated it really liked it Shelves: 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

I think there are two devices that have clearly had an enormous impact on language. Title essay is worth price of admission.

The book remains problematic, unexhausted. A matter of having a father and being a father.

Oct 06, Keith rated it liked it. The reader reconstitutes the work by his active participation, by approaching the object, tapping it, shaking it, holding it to his ear to hear the roaring within.

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A few years ago, you seemed worried that perhaps a lack of emotion was a weakness in your stories. Billy rated it really liked it Apr 04, Le GuinWriting. The essays “After Joyce” and “Not-Knowing” that kick-off this collection are a delight. Do you keep a journal? Views Read Edit View history.

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Donald Barthelme was born to two students at the University of Pennsylvania. Plainwater rated it it was amazing Feb 17, Barthelme’s independence also shows in his moving away from the family’s Roman Catholicism his mother was especially devouta separation that troubled Barthelme throughout his life as did the distance with his father.

He married four times. The working class has barhelme own culture and will have no truck with fanciness of any kind. But it’s central, it’s a factor in every sentence, and you have to insist on it, remember to insist barthelke it.

I call up on the telephone. The German writer Heimeto von Doderer put it this way: It is clear that there was no comedy before the Fall, no one cracking jokes in Eden; there was no need.