A Batman episode slowed to soap-opera speed; a game of baseball played by T. S. Eliot and Willem de Kooning; an illustrated account of a scientific quest for God. These imaginative riffs on reality could only have been generated by the brilliant bad boy of American letters, Donald Barthelme. Here, 63 rare short works by Barthelme — 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 sure to alter any reader’s consciousness.
The Teachings of Don B.
Satires, Parodies, Fables, Illustrated Stories, and Plays of Donald Barthelme
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DONALD BARTHELME was a writer and critic, a National Book Award recipient, a director of PEN and the Authors Guild, a member of the American Academy and the Institute of Arts and Letters, and a founder of the renowned University of Houston Creative Writing Program. He was the author of more than fifteen published books, including City Life, one of Time's Best Books of the Year, and Sixty Stories, which was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Even after his death in 1989, Barthelme's contributions to the world of American letters remain unparalleled.
KIM HERZINGER is a critic who writes on minimalism and other contemporary literary phenomena, a Pushcart Prize-winning writer of fiction, and the editor of two other Donald Barthelme collections, Not-Knowing and The Teachings of Don B. He taught at the University of Southern Mississippi and now owns and operates Left Bank Books in New York City.