We like books that have a lot of dreck in them, matter whichpresentsitselfasnot wholly relevant (or indeed, at all relevant), but which, carefullyattended to, can supply a kind of 'sense'of what isgoing on. This 'sense' is not to be obtained by reading between the lines (for there is nothing there, in those white spaces), but by reading the lines themselves.
1967 Snow White.
"It's true," Carl said, "with a kind of merde -y inner truth which shines forth as the objective correlative of what actually did happen, back home."Donald Barthelme
No man's plenum, Mr. Quistgaard, is impervious to the awl of God's will.Donald Barthelme
Instant gratification is not as good as that gratification which comes dripping slow, over the sere seasons.Donald Barthelme
Endings are elusive, middles are nowhere to be found, but worst of all is to begin, to begin, to begin.Donald Barthelme
Doubt is a necessary precondition tomeaningful action. Fear is the great mover in the end.Donald Barthelme
[picket sign] COGITO ERGO NOTHING!....[casual passerby:] "Cogito ergo your ass"....Donald Barthelme
I keep wondering if, say, there is intelligent life on other planets, the scientists argue that something like two percent of the other planets have the conditions, the physical conditions, to support life in the way it happened here, did Christ visit each and every planet, go through the same routine, the Agony in the Garden, the Crucifixion, and so on...Donald Barthelme