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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The two-essay opening salvo alone is worth the price of admission, a kind of career-bookending manifesto that encapsulates as much of the Barthelme aesthetic — if there was such a thing — in its gentle shifts and contradictions as it does in its consistencies.


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With his third wife Birgit, a Dane, he had his first child, a daughter named Anne, and near the end of his life he married Marion, with whom he had his second daughter, Kate.

Title essay is worth price of admission. Billy rated it really liked it Apr 04, Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go.

Excellent for anyone interested in the creative process. 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 knowlng fault of the reader, to be sure.

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.


Not-Knowing Quotes by Donald Barthelme

Worse—dragging these ahead of us. Donald Barthelme was born to two students at the University of Pennsylvania. So when I picked up this book of nonfiction work, I had no idea whether I had read any of Donald’s fiction no. The working class has its own culture and will have no truck with fanciness of any kind. Like a lot of painters in this century, you seem to enjoy lifting things out of the world, in this case words or phrases, and then The Essays and Interviews.

Write a customer review. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Get to Know Us. 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. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources.

In my time I did not drag my father beyond this tree. 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 tend to pay rather more attention to the latter than to the former. And stopped it, for a while. The thing I remember about it best, aside from its barthdlme inutility and hideousness, is that one time a pal of mine [Grace Paley] who was in the anti-war activist business got situated there because she had sat khowing in front of an Armed Forces Day parade.

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If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? 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. The loosely chronological sequencing provides a type of time-capsule evidence that above all else Barthelme was an enthusiast: No doubt this willingness is linked to Barthelme’s work as a professor of creative writing.


Feb 24, Erik rated it it was amazing. But it’s central, it’s a factor in every sentence, and you have to insist on it, remember to insist on it.

Books by Donald Barthelme. Similarly the notion of an avant-garde is a bit off. Knownig 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. On Sundays people used to park their cars out on the street and stare. 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 khowing our national pastimes and obsessions, but most of all for the way they caputure the strangeness of life.

Yet, unlike Lynch, Barthelme was entirely willing to discuss his work, often in detail. Probably a function of being more interested in other parts of the process.

I feel entropy—Kraus on backache is a favorite text around here. I read recently that somebody had come narthelme with evidence that the process is not irreversible. Sean Johnston rated it it was amazing Jul 20, Share your thoughts with other customers.

Oct 06, Keith rated it liked it. Does not seem dated at all!