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Overnight to Many Distant Cities by Donald Barthelme
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Jun 30, 10

Read from June 23 to 29, 2010

Totally enjoyable and light as a toothpick, following John Barth's collection. This is another contemporary writer David Foster Wallace admired, so I took his recommendation seriously. Barthelme has a healthy imagination and a propensity to juxtapose multiple sources of incoming information (TV on, radio on, cooking dinner, listening to the lady one's cooking for and wondering whether she'll have a smoke with her Scotch), which made me grin more than once. I read nearly all of this collection of short stories flying between New York and Chicago, but I wasn't rushing: they're short. They're also funny, strange and poetic. The writer writes beautifully about love, too. We'll meet again.

"I am, at the moment, feeling very jolly. Hey hey, I say. It is remarkable how well human affairs can be managed, with care."
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