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Essential reading for lovers of early Rod. Click to download/open:
In a brilliant and entertaining essay (from McSweeney’s 24), George Saunders, by way of an analysis of The School, takes us through what makes Barthelme such a wonderful writer.
“A short story can be thought of as a series of these little gas stations. The main point is to get the reader around the track; that is, to the end of the story. Any other pleasures a story may offer (theme, character, moral uplift) are dependent upon this.”
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In conversation with Michael Silverblatt (on his KCRW Bookworm Show from 2002), the late, great Gilbert Sorrentino talks about Little Casino, my favourite of his books. As always, Sorrentino is witty, warm and engaging – and full of wisdom about fiction, art and life. A real treat.