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The Essays and Interviews

By Donald Barthelme; Kim Herzinger (Editor); John Barth (Introduction by)

Counterpoint LLC, Paperback, 9781593761738, 332pp.

Publication Date: January 1, 2008

The wildly varied essays in "Not-Knowing" combine to form a posthumous manifesto of one of America's masters of literary experiment. Here are Barthelme's thoughts on writing (his own and others); his observations on art, architecture, film, and city life; interviews, including two previously unpublished; and meditations on everything from "Superman III" to the art of rendering Melancholy Baby on jazz banjolele. This is a rich and eclectic selection of work by the man Robert Coover has called one of the great citizens of contemporary world letters.