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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