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March 7, 2009

7 March 1931: On this particular day, Donald Barthelme was born.  During his career, Barthelme would publish four novels, many non-fiction pieces, and hundreds of short stories.  Many of his short stories were incredibly short, earning them the title of short-short stories or flash fiction.  He rarely followed conventional narrative plot structure and often dealt in the absurd.  Some of my favorite Barthelme stories are “I Bought a Little City” and “At the Tolstoy Museum.”  Both present absurd scenes and masterfully make them seem plausible.

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