Sunday, November 09, 2008


The genius defines "inappropriate response": "Suppose my friend telephones and asks, 'Is my wife there?' 'No,' I reply, 'they went out, your wife and my wife, wearing new hats, they are giving themselves to sailors.' My friend is astounded at this news. 'But it's Election Day!' he cries. 'And it's beginning to rain!' I say."
--Donald Barthelme, "The Genius"


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