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Donald Barthelme
“The aim of literature ... is the creation of a strange object covered with fur which breaks your heart.”
Donald Barthelme, Come Back, Dr. Caligari

Donald Barthelme
“—What do the children say?
—There's a thing the children say.
—What do the children say?
—They say: Will you always love me?
—Always.
—Will you always remember me?
—Always.
—Will you remember me a year from now?
—Yes, I will.
—Will you remember me two years from now?
—Yes, I will.
—Will you remember me five years from now?
—Yes, I will.
—Knock knock.
—Who's there?
—You see?

("Great Days," Forty Stories)”
Donald Barthelme

Donald Barthelme
“There was no particular point at which I stopped being promising.”
Donald Barthelme

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