Stand Away from the Vehicle

Now operational on Flipboard, a new(ish) thingie populated by Frederick Barthelme and friends, located here on your radio dial. Please take a look and “like” if you like, and subscribe, follow, visit often, express opinions, etc.

Les Blank & Clifton Chenier

For no reason other than it’ll likely break your heart, you are invited to listen to this Clifton Chenier tune from the Les Blank film “Hot Pepper.” The whole film is equally wonderful and available on TCM and possibly its on-demand version, and…

Recent interviews and asides

Interviews and Whatnot The Chicago Tribune The Nervous Breakdown Interview The Rumpus Interview How I Wrote It – Omnivoracious

Stumbled Upon


Here is a link to a late review of TMBSM stumbled upon at the terrific Cosmonauts Avenue site.

Lisa Zeidner


The wonderful poet and fiction writer Lisa Zeidner wrote a very kind review of There Must Be Some Mistake on Goodreads which you may have missed! It is herewith linked.

The Rumpus Interview Revisited


Last fall Rusty and Carrie Spell interviewed the stylish and forever young author for The Rumpus, wherein said author discussed his new novel and diverse authorial tics and scratches. Click “The Rumpus” to see the original or just read this.

Some Reviews We Liked


Dear Reader, Below please to find reviews and remarks concerning the author’s recent novel, There Must Be Some Mistake. Most of these are reasonably favorable, as you might have imagined, finding them here linked. Tzer Island Blog The New York Times The New…

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Propelled by staccato dialogue and a soundtrack of trashy television shows, Barthelme’s devilishly funny, gorgeously atmospheric, and wryly noirish farce brilliantly poses provocative questions about artifice and reality, loyalty and love, cowardice and valor. — Donna Seaman, Booklist

There Must Be Some Mistake


Frederick Barthelme’s new novel There Must Be Some Mistake is due from Little, Brown & Co. in October 2014. In the novel a fiftyish graphic designer forced into retirement discovers, in spite of a parade of unlikely events, including numerous deaths, suicides, threats, explosions,…


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The novel Waveland was published by Doubleday in 2009 in hardcover and 2010 in paper. It is set in Waveland, Mississippi, a year after hurricane Katrina leveled the place. The book is available in hardcover, paperback, and Kindle versions at Amazon and elsewhere. From Booklist In his…