Donald Barthelme | Literature Criticism Interview by Donald Barthelme with Larry McCaffery

This literature criticism consists of approximately 13 pages of analysis & critique of Donald Barthelme.
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Interview by Donald Barthelme with Larry McCaffery

SOURCE: "An interview with Donald Barthelme," in Partisan Review, Vol. 49, No. 2, 1982, pp. 184-93.

In the following interview, Barthelme discusses his life, his literary influences, his views on language and literature, and his works.

[McCaffery:] You've published two novels, but most of your work has been in short fiction.

[Barthelme:] Novels take me a long time; short fiction provides a kind of immediate gratification—the relationship of sketches to battle paintings. Over a period of years I can have a dozen bad ideas for novels, some of which I actually invest a certain amount of time in. Some of these false starts yield short pieces: most don't. The first story in Sadness—"La Critique de la Vie Quotidienne"—is salvage.

Do stories typically begin for you by landing on you, like...

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