Barth on Bookworm March 9
- John Barth, a hero of the post-modern novel, talks about (among other
things) heroism, the name "Fred" (which mysteriously recurs in all
three of these novellas), the nature of the novella, and the nature of
stories. He's so graceful that he even tells how a story can be a
narrator, describing its own birth, middle, and old age. The essence
of virtuosity: long live John Barth.
Read an excerpt from the book.
Will air Thursday, March 9, 2006.
- Just a reminder that Barth's appearance last week on 'Bookworm' is
- Thanks, Mark.I'm finally getting around to reading 'Coming Soon!!! (a narrative)' and I'm sorry to report that (so far) I've found it a bit ham-fisted.As most of the victims of my story-telling would say, "I get it, I just didn't think it was that funny.." In this case, the STORY seems to be running through some kind of parabolic distillation process - and at this stage (about 2/3 of the way through it) appears to be heading for a black hole. I'll finish it, but mainly because I know he always pays his narrative debts (and I can't wait to see how he does it here).That being said, his imitation of a young Post-postmodernist (himself at an earlier age?) is spot-on and must have been an absolute joy to compose.Anybody else recall feeling that way at this point in the novel?Just a reminder that Barth's appearance last week on 'Bookworm' is
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