The new issue of Bookforum includes an article by James Walcott on the influence of and upcoming publications by the late, great Donald Barthelme.
I'm particularly fond of Not-Knowing and really happy to see it back in print.
This is Timothy Hutton reading a little Barthelme. (Remember these MTV bumpers? Lou Reed read a bit of MacBeth in one, I seem to recall. And someone else reading Kafka's The Metamorphosis.)
Here are two of my favorite Barthelme stories:
"Me and Miss Madible"
And here's a really good essay on Barthelme's Syllabus by Kevin Moffett.
One more. Here's the amazing Donald Antrim reading "I Bought a Little City."