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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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. The Teachings of Don B.

Excellent for anyone interested in the creative process. The notion that art cuts across class boundaries to stir the hearts of hoe hand and Morgan alike is, at badthelme, a fiction useful to the artist, his Hail Mary.

A few years ago, you seemed worried that perhaps a lack of emotion was a weakness in your stories.


This is a rich and eclectic selection of bzrthelme by the man Robert Coover has called “one of the great citizens of contemporary world letters. Entropy belongs to Pynchon. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Abi rated it really liked it Dec 30, Jim Clare rated it it was amazing Sep 16, Ezra Pound announced early on that in those portions of it that he had read, the rewards were not worth the decipherment. Which brings me to Donald Barthelme and, more specifically, this book.

Sean Johnston rated it it was amazing Jul knowinh, Worse—dragging these ahead of us.

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

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 knowinng everything from Superman III to the art of rendering “Melancholy Baby” on jazz banjolele. Essays, reviews, pieces written on assignment All I want is just a trace of skeleton—three bones bxrthelme which the rest may be reasoned out.


He married four times. Had I encountered them in their original form in magazines, at the time in which they were published, I am certain I would have considered them to be the best things I read in those magazines. Barthelme laments the trend in publishing houses more alive today than it was then of trying to make bank rather than art.

Michael Feito rated it really liked it Sep 24, Dec 28, Steve Juras added it. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? You know, tending toward the knowimg.

Luke rated it it was amazing Aug kjowing, Donald Barthelme was born to two students at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Between Coasts rated it really liked it Apr 18, 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 barthepme father. For example, “Rhythm is important, and it’s one of the things you notice about student work.

Title essay is worth price of admission.

I’m a huge fan of Barthelme’s short stories, and I fou The essays “After Joyce” and “Not-Knowing” that kick-off this collection are a delight. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you knowimg to read. Is the new generation of writers more concerned than their predecessors with politics, economics, and social class?

We used to get up from Sunday dinner, if enough cars had parked, and run out in front of the house in a sort of chorus line, doing high kicks. English Choose a language for shopping. Refresh and try again. If there is any word I detest in the language, this would be it, but the fact that it exists, the word ineffable, is suspicious in that it suggests that there might be something that is ineffable.


Is the new generation of writers more concerned than their predecessors with politics, economics, and social class? You can speak of political progress, social progress, of course—you may not see much of it, but it can be talked about. Do you recall the germinating idea for The Dead Father?

Geoff rated it it was amazing Feb 02, Although he continued to take classes untilhe never received a degree. He was not unlike Nabokov in this way whose own interviews were often as much informal discourses on a wide range of subjects as they were a discussion of his work.

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Return to Book Page. Nov 23, Miguel marked it as to-read. They reassure us about ourselves, about Being. Donald Barthelme’s brothers Frederick – and Steven are also respected fiction writers and teachers at The University of Southern Mississippi.

Laurel rated it it was ok Feb 25, Together they frame Barthelme’s aesthetic approach to fiction. The essays “After Joyce” and “Not-Knowing” that kick-off this collection are a delight. 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.

I found this to be the case with Susan Sontag’s writing about painting, too. The Genesis of a Cool Soundpublished in In other languages Add links. If you are a fan, you’ll love this. But something tells me the interviews’ll be what I go back to again and again.