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The Inhumanity Museum

Near the end of the first cycle-section of Doris Lessing’s novel The Golden Notebook, protagonist Anna Wulf abandons the pretense of personal narrative in favor of pastiche, collage, … 1,921 more words


Thomas Pynchon sends his regrets to Donald Barthelme for missing the Postmodern Dinner

A 1983 letter from Thomas Pynchon to Donald Barthelme.

Superlibrarian Jessamyn West shared Pynchon’s letter to Barthelme on Twitter yesterday and then posted it on her… 221 more words


Donald Barthelme--A Manual for Sons (2010) [Madras Press: Series Two, Book Four]

SOUNDTRACK: LUCY DACUS-Tiny Desk Concert #552 (July 29, 2016).

I didn’t realize that I knew Dacus, but I’ve heard and loved her song “I Don’t Wanna Be Funny Anymore” for months (I just never knew she sang it). 1,087 more words

Short Story

Three Books (or, My three favorite rereading experiences in 2016)

I prefer rereading to reading. Rereading an old favorite can often offer comfort. A week or so after the US presidential election, I picked up Roberto Bolaño’s  336 more words


Cultural Understanding with Intercourse

Look like a German organ to you Major? Looks to me like the biggest black organ I’ve ever seen, maybe your boy’s passing it around to give the other youngsters a really meaningful learning experience in race relations.

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[V]arious reports were received at home concerning the pastor’s sabbatical: rococo tales, adorned with every element but truth. It was not true that […] he had dressed himself in rags, rented three pitiful children, and was to be encountered daily by footloose tourists in a state of mendicant collapse before the Ritz hotel in Madrid; it was not true that he had stood the entire population of Malaga to drinks for three days and then conducted them on an experimental hike across the sea toward Africa, intending that the One he sought should manage it dry-shod; it was not true that he had married a hoary crone with bangles in her ears, proclaimed himself rightful heir to the throne of Abd-er-Rahman, and led an insurrection of the Moors on Cordoba.

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