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

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It’s hard to teach, something that’s more a knack than directly bartjelme. The Teachings of Don B. Title essay is worth price of admission.

Knowingg he continued to take classes untilhe never received a degree. Regardless, it’s almost always irresistible when writers discuss the nuts and bolts of writing.

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. Rachel rated it really liked it Jan 24, Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals.


Ryan rated it really liked it Nov 02, The Essays and Interviews Hardcover. Do you recall the germinating idea for The Dead Father? We are always congratulating ourselves on our madness. There is one unfortunate incidence of jive-talk in a New Yorker piece, but otherwise I didn’t find anything repellent.

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Not-Knowing:: The Essays and Interviews

Exercises in Style New Directions Books. Between Coasts rated it really liked it Apr 18, Books by Donald Barthelme. His second wife, Helen Barthelme, later wrote noot biography entitled Donald Barthelme: In kjowing of directing the Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston for two years, Barthelme’s art criticism isn’t all that interesting or insightful.

Ezra Pound announced early on that in those portions of it that he had read, the rewards were not worth the decipherment. Feb 24, Erik rated it it was amazing. Return to Book Page.

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There’s no way I could do him justice. He served briefly as the editor of an Army newspaper before returning to the U. He also celebrates throughout the notion 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 more challenging or inaccessible.


Joshua Disneyq rated it liked it Jun 29, 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. Jul 01, Jake Regan rated it it was amazing. Jun 02, Dan rated it liked it Shelves: 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 of all for the way they caputure the strangeness of life.

The essays and interviews really are precious for any fan and anyone who thinks about the world of literature. But something tells me the interviews’ll be what I go back to again and again. If you are a fan, you’ll love this.

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The two most important pieces in this collection are “After Joyce”written near the beginning of Barthelme’s writing career, and “Not-Knowing”written five years before he died. It speaks of a fundamental placement in relation to the work, that of a voyager in the world coming upon a strange object.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. In my time I did not kjowing my father beyond this tree.

Then one comes a window oneself. Probably a function of being more interested in other parts of the process. I’m a huge fan of Barthelme’s short stories, and I found him pretty charming and brilliant.

Not-Knowing amounts to the posthumous manifesto of one of our premier literary modernists. Share your thoughts with other batthelme. He married four times.