[PW] ? Quotes from Famous Short Stories (Quotation Query #792)

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com
Thu Jan 18 11:36:46 PST 2018


Here are some quotations from Donald Barthelme who is well-known for
his short "postmodern" fiction (and some novels). Information should
be double-checked.

Short Story: A Shower of Gold
Author: Donald Barthelme
Collection: Sixty Stories
Database: Visible in Google Books Preview

[Begin excerpt]
"You may not be interested in absurdity," she said firmly, "but
absurdity is interested in you."
[End excerpt]


Date: August 9, 1969
Periodical: The New Yorker
Short Story: On Angels
Author: Donald Barthelme
Start Page 29, Quote Page 29
(Also in Barthelme's Collection: Sixty Stories)
Database: Verified with online scans at archives.newyorker.com

[Begin excerpt]
The death of God left the angels in a strange position.
[End excerpt]


Date: October 15, 1973
Periodical: The New Yorker
Short Story: The Wound
Author: Donald Barthelme
Start Page 36, Quote Page 37
(Apparently also in Barthelme's Collection "Sixty Stories" under a
different title)
Database: Verified with online scans at archives.newyorker.com

[Begin excerpt]
One bobo says to another bobo, "The privileged classes can afford
psychoanalysis and whiskey. Whereas all we get is sermons and sour
wine. This is manifestly unfair. I protest, silently."
[End excerpt]


Date: February 18, 1967
Periodical: The New Yorker
Story: Snow White
Author: Donald Barthelme
Start Page 38, Quote Page 130, Column 2
(Also in short novel "Snow White")
Database: Verified with online scans at archives.newyorker.com

[Begin excerpt]
ANATHEMATIZATION OF THE WORLD IS NOT AN ADEQUATE RESPONSE TO THE WORLD.
[End excerpt]

Garson

On Wed, Jan 17, 2018 at 1:26 PM, Shapiro, Fred <fred.shapiro at yale.edu> wrote:
> Quotation dictionaries don't usually include many quotations from short stories, but I'm trying to do so in my upcoming revised edition.  Can anyone point me to crucial or particularly memorable quotes from any of these famous short stories:
>
>
> Anton Chekhov, "The Bet"
>
> Joyce Carol Oates, "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?"
>
> Raymond Carver, "Cathedral"
>
>
> Or, for that matter, I would welcome any suggestions of crucial or particularly memorable quotes from other short stories as well.
>
> Fred Shapiro
>
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