He stands now on the bank, gasping. “Thank you.”

Reading Donald Barthelme’s Sixty Stories – what an outside-the-box writer. Fascinated by his varied approaches to fiction, narrative, and voice.

The opening sentences to “Robert Kennedy Saved from Drowning”: “He is neither abrupt with nor excessively kind to associates. Or he is both abrupt and kind. The telephone is, for him, a whip, a lash, but also a conduit for soothing words, a sink into which he can hurl gallons of syrup if it comes to that. He reads quickly, scratching brief comments (“Yes,” “No”) in corners of the paper.” …

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~ by samofthetenthousandthings on April 18, 2011.

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