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Building the Dead Father

Building the Dead Father

Just starting the new biography of one of my favorite writers, Donald Barthelme. It’s entitled, Hiding Man, and reads well. The author, Tracy Daugherty, was a former student of Barthelme’s, and seems to have a real feel for him, for his place in American letters, and his father’s place in his son’s artistic development. Donald Barthelme Sr was an architect, and his influence on his son, on all his children, appears to have been profound. Daugherty talks about his impact…

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