Construction Literary Magazine

Fall 2019

From “The Dolt”

From “The Dolt”

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Donald Barthelme, “The Dolt”

“Edgar tried to think of a way to badmouth this immense son leaning over him like a large blaring building. But he couldn’t think of anything. Thinking of anything was beyond him. I sympathize. I myself have these problems. Endings are elusive, middles are nowhere to be found, but worst of all is to begin, to begin, to begin.”

Only a few writers could throw themselves in at the end of their story and not only make it work, but make it more powerful.