NO MORE QUARRELS (In Memory of Donald Barthelme) June 1989 Barthelme (I read some but not all), cynical, smart, bearded, hawk-eyed, attacked by a throat cancer, changed tense. He once said: I have been meaning to speak to you, I have many pages of notes, instructions, quarrels. Now all we have are the notes and the instructions, but no more quarrels. It was good to quarrel with Don. I know it's ridiculous to say that when you consider I had, personally, nothing to gain, either way -- whichever way the argument went.
Copyright © 1996 Raymond Federman