See, I’m not the only one who had to gradually catch on to Barthelme

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“One thing we used to talk about—when I was out in Iowa—was that the limiting factor [in writing] is the reader. No other art requires the audience to be a performer. You have to count on the reader’s being a good performer, and you may write music which he absolutely can’t perform—in which case it’s a bust. Those writers you mentioned and myself are teaching an audience how to play this kind of music in their heads. It’s a learning process, and the New Yorker has been a very good institution of the sort needed. They have a captive audience, and they come out every week, and people finally catch on to Barthelme, for instance, and are able to perform that sort of thing in their heads and enjoy it.”

—Kurt Vonnegut