- Publisher: Pocket; F First Edition Thus edition (May 3, 1978)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 067182306X
- ISBN-13: 978-0671823061
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.1 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,671,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Unspeakable Practices, Unnatural Acts Paperback – May 3, 1978
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My favorites from this collection are as follows: "The Balloon," in which a giant balloon is inflated over Manhattan (this story in particular raises questions about the nature and meaning of art); "The Dolt," about a man "preparing to take the National Writers' Examination" (this one contains segments of a story-within-the-story); "The Police Band," about the hoped for "triumph of art over good sense"; "Game," a claustrophobic psychological study of two officers confined in what sounds like a missile launching site; and "See the Moon?", a warped look at parenthood and academia (this story has quite a bit of alliteration and amusing wordplay). This collection as a whole reveals Barthelme to be an inventive practitioner of the short story form.
and then stop without any visible reason except perhaps the restrictions of writing for
The New Yorker.