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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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. Open Preview See a Problem? 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 to discuss his creative process.

The reader reconstitutes the work by his active participation, by approaching the object, tapping it, shaking it, holding it to his ear to hear the roaring within.


Retrieved from ” https: The essays and interviews really are precious for any fan and anyone who thinks about the world of literature.

Joyce enforces the way in which Finnegans Wake is to be read. 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. Laurel rated it it was ok Feb 25, Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers.


But it’s central, it’s a factor in every sentence, and you have to insist on it, remember to insist on it. So, the project is next to impossible, which is what makes it interesting.

And stopped it, for a while. Similarly the notion of an avant-garde is a bit off. It’s hard to teach, something that’s more a knack than directly teachable. What other items do customers buy after viewing this item? They reassure us about ourselves, about Baryhelme.

Apr 11, Lobstergirl rated it really liked it Recommended to Lobstergirl by: None of them are bad, of course this is Barthelme, after allbut few of them really grabbed me.

I call up on the telephone. In my time I did not drag my father beyond this tree. Probably I have missed the point of the literature business entirely. What I am interested in is the ugly sentence that is also somehow beautiful. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. A matter of having a father and being a father. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Marion and Donald remained wed until his death from throat cancer. Customers who bought this item also bought.

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The loosely chronological sequencing provides a type barthelmme time-capsule evidence that above all else Barthelme was an enthusiast: Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Just a barthelmf while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Gabriel Congdon rated it it was amazing Oct 28, The impoverishment of the country by the arms race is a good example. Instill a student, he wrote his first articles for the Houston Post.


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 Refresh and try again. Books by Donald Barthelme. Once back, he barthelke his studies at the University of Houston, studying philosophy.

It gives purpose to life.

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In other languages Add links. 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.

Oct 06, Keith rated it liked it. We are a little lower than the angels, true, but notice that we can get along without that suspect radiance, equal parts paint and literature, on which the angels lean so heavily.

Review ” Defiantly unclassifiable. The interviews are almost maddeningly unedited.

I found this to be the barthemle with Susan Sontag’s writing about painting, too. The German writer Heimeto von Doderer put it this way: Rachel rated it really liked it Jan 24,