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 was trying to make fiction that was like certain kinds of modern painting. A broke-back sentence is interesting.

I feel entropy—Kraus on backache is a favorite text around here. Is there any particular reason for the number of fathers in your work who are being done away with in one form or another? The process of creation interested him, and his serious engagement with the work bartuelme his students provided him with a rich vocabulary for discussing the nuts and bolts of storytelling. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty.

Not-Knowing: The Essays and Interviews of Donald Barthelme

Very often students don’t, in the beginning, understand that their sentences are supposed to have certain rhythms and that the rhythms are part of the texture of the story. And the interviews, which take up the last third of the book, provide fascinating insights into Barthelme’s process of writing as well as his literary intentions.

The book remains problematic, unexhausted.

Oct 06, Keith rated it liked it. You can knowjng of political progress, social progress, of course—you may not see much of it, but it can be talked about. It was wonderful to live in but strange to see on the Texas prairie.

Not-Knowing amounts to the posthumous manifesto of one of our premier literary modernists. English Choose a language for shopping. Essays, reviews, pieces written on assignment The effort is always to make what you write nourishing or useful to readers. And then, after summoning twenty or thirty fathers, perhaps you are born, or perhaps you are not born. But an earnest discussion of the filmmaking process itself would not be unappreciated, dammit. Donald Barthelme’s brothers Frederick – and Steven are also respected fiction writers and teachers at The University of Southern Mississippi.


In spite of directing the Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston for two years, Barthelme’s art criticism isn’t all that interesting or insightful.

The reviews are a novelty, but perhaps too dated to really enjoy. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Between Coasts rated it really liked it Apr 18, This is true, but black folks are damaged more by lousy economic policy than by racism.

In other languages Add links. Regardless, it’s almost always irresistible when writers discuss the nuts a I always got Donald Barthelme confused with barthelmw brother, Frederick Barthelme, and Donald Antrim no relation. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Dec 28, Steve Juras added it.

Also barhtelme are nott collection of Barthelme New Yorker excerpts from what I assume was the era’s equivalent of the “Shouts and Murmurs” section. 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 a fault of the reader, to be sure. Views Read Edit View history. Apr 29, Kate rated it liked it Recommends it for: Lists with This Book.

The remaining chunks of the master’s prose reconnoiterings are brought to light here. 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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No doubt this willingness is linked to Barthelme’s work as a professor of creative writing. But something tells me the interviews’ll be what I go back to again and again. All I want is just a trace of skeleton—three bones from which the rest may be reasoned out. The Teachings of Don B. They also present a man deeply informed in literature, politics, and culture to an almost intimidating degree. The loosely chronological sequencing provides a type of time-capsule evidence that above all else Barthelme was an enthusiast: As a man whose films have crept farther and farther into the left field of cinema, it’s certainly not necessary, but would certainly be appreciated again, by meif Lynch would be more forthcoming about what it means to him to make a movie.

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If you are bsrthelme fan, you’ll love this. In later years they would have tremendous arguments about the kinds of literature in which Barthelme was interested and wrote. 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. Barthelme’s relationship with his father was a struggle between a rebellious son and a demanding father.

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