All White Male Authors Look Alike

Black and white photo of book pages turning.She bought him a book by John Barth as a birthday gift.

“You like him, don’t you?” she asked.

He didn’t know how to tell her that it was Donald Barthelme whom he enjoyed. Barth. Barthelme. Yeah, they sounded similar. But then there were Frederick, Steven, and Donald Barthelme, each with his own unique style, not unlike Barth, but it was Donald’s minimalist absurdism that he loved most.

He looked at the cover (Tidewater having since evolved into Hampton Roads, with hopes of becoming “The 757”) and nodded. After all, he had nothing against Barth.

“It’s perfect,” he responded, smiling.

Ran Walker is the award-winning author of 20 books. He teaches creative writing at Hampton University in Virginia.

Photo Credit: Gabriele Diwald

One Response to “All White Male Authors Look Alike”

  1. Avery Mathers says:

    Thanks, Ran. Like all good stories – more than a nub of truth. And then there’s Roland Barthes, who couldn’t have written a 100-word story to save himself.

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