It’s true, I’ve read nothing by Mr. Donald Barthelme. I have done a little bit of amateur poking around on the internets and I like what I see, very much. I did not see very much, though; given a choice, picking up Forty Stories or (/and?) Sixty Stories to have and to hold. It’s a great feeling, isn’t it, when that door gets opened to a previously totally unknown author, one that might push all the right buttons for you as a reader.
- An upcoming 2007 issue of McSweeney’s Quarterly will include a special section on Barthelme, including previously uncollected early writings and remembrances by Ann Beattie, David Gates, and Oscar Hijuelos.
- His "must-read" syllabus for class.