•A hypothetical episode of Batman hilariously slowed down to soap-opera speed.
•A game of baseball as played by T. S. Eliot and Willem “Big Bull” de Kooning.
•A recipe suitable for feeding sixty pork-enamored celebrants at one’s daughter’s wedding.
•An outlandishly illustrated account of a scientific quest for God.
These astonishing tropes of the imagination could only have been generated by Donald Barthelme, who, until his death in 1989, more or less goosed American letters into taking a quantum leap. Now sixty-three of Barthelme’s rare or previously uncollected shorter works—including satires and gables, plays for stage and radio, and collages—have been assembled in a single volume. Gleeful, melancholy, erudite, and wonderfully subversive, The Teachings of Don B. is a literary testament cum time bomb, with the power to blast any reader into an altered state of consciousness.