Barth interviewed by Bookforum
Interesting, fairly wide-ranging interview.
Mark will be pleased to finally see some mention of DFW by Barth:
BF: What do you think of the new generation of metafiction writers, who
arguably owe a debt to you, like Dave Eggers, Aimee Bender, and David
JB: One of the things to be noticed about them, as about those former
coachees of mine who have made reputations of their own, is that they
are very different from one another and they are very different from
me. When I think of people like David Foster Wallace and Dave Eggers,
both of whose works I have admired, I'm at least as impressed by the
differences I see as I am by any similarities. But then that also
applies to placing, say, Gass, Donald Barthelme, William Gaddis, John
Hawkes, and myself under the heading of "postmodernist." When we would
see one another, we would always sort of shake our heads and remind
ourselves that we'd been more impressed by the differences between what
we were each doing than by any similarities. Those categories are
useful, but they're not to be mistaken for the things that they
- I've never quite understood why venerable authors are
interviewed like this; the whole 'up close and
personal' thing is strange. Not sure it's interesting
to have a 'hero' led by some questioner whose
experience and intent is ... making himself more
heroic? For all the years I've loved and hated JB,
it's his stories that make him real, not: his
interviews, his 'coachees', his blurbs.
[sic the comma outside the single quote.]
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