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’m a huge fan of Barthelme’s short stories, and I found him pretty charming and brilliant. Many even get to the point of planning them.

I think there are two devices that have clearly had an enormous impact on language. Not in the same way. It gives purpose to life. Do you have any favorite comedians, and reasons for liking them? My generation, perhaps foolishly, expected, even demanded, that life be wonderful and magical and then tried to make it so by writing in a rather complex way.

We are always congratulating ourselves on our madness. The essays and interviews really are precious for any fan and anyone who thinks about the world of literature. Views Read Edit View history. And then, after summoning twenty or thirty fathers, perhaps you are born, or perhaps you are not born.

Apr 11, Lobstergirl rated it really liked it Recommended to Lobstergirl by: It seems now quite an eccentric demand.

Barthelme’s independence also shows in his moving away from knowng family’s Roman Catholicism his mother was especially devouta separation that troubled Barthelme throughout his life as did the distance with his father.

Not-Knowing:: The Essays and Interviews

This is a rich and eclectic selection of work by the man Robert Coover has called “one of the great citizens of contemporary world letters. The notion that art cuts across class boundaries to stir the hearts of hoe hand and Morgan alike is, at best, a fiction useful to the artist, his Hail Mary. Apr 29, Kate rated it liked it Recommends it for: Title essay is worth price of admission.


The function of the advance guard in military terms is exactly that of the rear guard, to protect the main body, which translates as the status quo.

Lists with This Book. 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. I keep a workbook with stray pieces of paper with things written on them.

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

What makes this process unique has to do directly with doubting. I’m not saying I want him to tell us what his films “mean,” and I agree with his reluctance to ascribe meaning of David Lynch, my favorite film director, has this irritating to me habit–especially these days–of refusing brthelme discuss his creative process.

Barthelme was drafted into the Korean War inarriving in Korea on July 27, the very day the cease-fire ending the war was signed. I read recently that somebody had come forward with evidence that the process bartthelme not irreversible.

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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. While in many ways his father was avant-garde in art and aesthetics, he did not approve of the post-modern and deconstruction schools. The reviews are a novelty, but perhaps too dated to really enjoy.

Katie rated it really liked it May 08, 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. He also celebrates throughout the doanld 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 barthelmme challenging or inaccessible. It is the poor puzzled bourgeoisie that is sufficiently uncertain, sufficiently hopeful, to pay attention to art.


Between Coasts rated it really liked it Apr 18, David Lynch, my favorite film director, has this irritating to me habit–especially these days–of refusing to discuss his creative process. Ryan rated it really liked knnowing Nov 02, If you are a fan, you’ll love this. The human body is, or can be, a sufficiency. Your email address will not be published. In spite of directing the Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston for two years, Barthelme’s art criticism isn’t all that interesting or insightful.

I tend to pay rather more attention to the latter than to the former.

Donald Barthelme’s brothers Frederick – and Steven are also respected fiction writers and teachers at The University of Southern Mississippi. A kind of mulch pile. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published.

Only the greatest geniuses manage to steal from the future.

Not-Knowing: The Essays and Interviews of Donald Barthelme

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Jul 02, Tom rated it really liked it Shelves: Sean Johnston rated it it was amazing Jul 20, He seemed much closer to his mother and agreeable to her strictures. 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: Probably I have missed the point of the literature business entirely. Marion and Donald remained wed until his death from throat cancer.

The working class has its own culture and will have no truck with fanciness of any kind. Barthelme’s attitude toward his father is delineated in the novels The Dead Father and The King as he is pictured in the characters King Arthur and Lancelot.

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