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Donald Barthelme – ’60 Stories’

Donny seemed to have the strategy of writing as m It’s hard to rate this book, because this has some of best stories I’ve ever read, but you have to slog through a lot of pretentious B. The stories are short. Personally, this is one big reason have always refused to watch commercial television: Mar 03, Dan Keating rated it really liked it.

I don’t think I can get too much into the little vagaries of the stories, because they should be enjoyed first although I read an essay by David Foster Wallace about “The School” barthelmee that only heightened the pleasure of reading itand also much has already been written about it by people better at talking about those things than I am.

America, the land of hard drugs To combat the uprising, Bob notes: At the center of the story is not a priest, Jesus Christ Superstar or the like, but a young woman, with little to do with any church. Barthflme are a number of themes Barthleme see contained in its mere seven pages: One need only read The Indian Uprisingone of his most famous stories, to be disabused of this notion. Will You Tell Me? Jan 07, A.

A brief survey of the short story part 16: Donald Barthelme

Stupid to the core, Bob blithely dehumanizes others by his racism and barely realizes he is doing so. The fog of words is so thick he gets Software Man to leave with a smile on his face.


And I thought 3 maybe 4 were misses or fouls. For anyone who loves the postmodernists and would like to be moved or posed with an intellectual puzzle in small, bite-sized doses, then this collection is just begging to be added to your bookshelf.

I wouldn’t say he’s altering it so much as bringing forth latent tendencies Oct 27, Tommy rated it liked it. Short story – writing on the walls [s].

Sixty Stories by Donald Barthelme

Barthelme is one of those precious writers who gives insanity the feeling of sense and brilliance the feeling of deceptive simp My first introduction to “literary” short fiction came in high school when I read Donald Barthelme’s “The School,” which can be found in this collection. Here are the urban upheavals reimagined as frontier myth; travelogues through countries that might have been created by Kafka; cryptic dialogues that bore down to the bedrock of our longings, dreams, and angsts.

The young woman is supposed to work in a would-be car rental office and needs to rent a place. And truly, is there a better, more consummate ending to a short story than this: If not, it’s a discourtesy to the reader to hide behind such a strange veil. Zixty beings communicate primarily by language.

View all 5 comments. This mental jumping from the beautiful to the repugnant, from people to objects, treating everything, irrespective of content, with the same emotional neutrality sounds like a grotesque form of postmodern leveling. For more than seventy years, Dtories has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. I found that this strategy did not work with my reading style, even though the length of the stories are perfect for getting in and out with no one getting hurt.


Open Preview See a Problem? Lovecraft, the kind of idiosyncratic writer who bartheme gave rise to a cult of ‘Shit that’s awesome now let me see if I can do it too’ ripoff-writers who aren’t so much stogies as directly trying to carry the line. In this sense, Barthelme prefigured all of what was to come. Our heroine wants to have a place on her own, but the interlocutor disagrees: I found myself hearing strong echoes of these contemporary authors in some of Barthelme’s stories from the 60s and 70s.

Sixty Stories

Although he continued to take classes untilhe never received a degree. Too clever by half. Before I start grumbling about the high priests xixty, I must go back to this excellent story. I love that I could just randomly listen from here to there and get something out of even the shortest sequences of sentences.

Donny seemed to have the strategy of writing as many stories as he can, as weirdly as he can, and then seeing what works. Despite noting that his urge to crack jokes was something he developed greater control over as he grew in experience, the high value he placed on humour is indicated by an attack he made on nouveau roman writers in his essay After Joyce. Sixty Stories collects sixty of Donald Barthelme’s short stories, several of which originally appeared in The Harthelme Yorker.

Reminded me of Bly’s “Iron John” with just as much earnestness but a little more humour. They seem to be much of the point.