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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David Lynch, my favorite film director, has this irritating to me habit–especially these days–of refusing to discuss his creative process. It gives purpose to life. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources.

Not-Knowing:: The Essays and Interviews

He served briefly as the editor of an Army newspaper before returning to the U. But there are strategies of delay.

The reviews are a novelty, but perhaps too dated to really enjoy. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web.

Is the new generation of writers more concerned than their predecessors with politics, economics, and social class? The essays “After Joyce” and “Not-Knowing” that kick-off this collection are a delight. Kidding Father was an activity that took seven of us to do, and there were only six of us. The impoverishment of the country by the arms race is a good example. 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.

Laurel rated it it was ok Feb 25, Yet, unlike Lynch, Barthelme was entirely willing to discuss his work, knowiing in detail. He was not unlike Nabokov in this way whose own interviews were jnowing as much informal discourses on a wide range of subjects as they were a discussion of his work. No doubt this willingness is linked to Barthelme’s work as a professor of creative writing. Marion and Donald remained wed until his death from throat cancer.


It seems now quite an eccentric demand. I tell my students that one of the things readers want, and deserve, is a certain amount of blood on the floor. Entropy belongs to Pynchon.

bagthelme If you are a fan, you’ll love this. You can speak of political progress, social progress, of course—you may not see much of it, but it can be talked about. Instill a student, he wrote his first articles for the Houston Post.

Here are Barthelme’s thoughts on writing his own and others ; his observations on art, architecture, film, and city life; interviews, including two never previously published; and meditations on everything from Superman III to the art of rendering “Melancholy Baby” on jazz banjolele. I’m not saying I want him to tell us what his films “mean,” and I agree with his reluctance to ascribe meaning of any sort to even one scene in, say, Inland Empirebecause to do so could easily damage the fragile, magical atmosphere in which his films exist.

Jim Clare rated it it was amazing Sep mot, Joyce enforces the way in which Finnegans Wake is to be read.

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On Sundays people used to park their cars out on the street and stare. I found this to be the case with Susan Sontag’s writing about painting, too. What it is and what it isn’t. This is true, but black folks are damaged more by lousy economic policy than by racism.

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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Write a customer review. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Barthelme’s fiction is among the strangest I’ve read, and although I wouldn’t necessarily put his work in the same barthelm category as Lynch’s, there are similarities the apparent non sequitur, the incident that could be interpreted as either funny or horrifying [or both], knowinb wicked satire of “normal” American life, the startlingly original use of language, the influence of jazz, etc.

I tend to pay rather more attention to the latter than to the former. 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: One of Barthelme’s central arguments is that there’s great pleasure to be had in not knowing, and there’s a precision in art’s ability to evade being known and yet still be compelling.

Lists with This Book. A matter of having a father and being a father.