A Donald Barthelme Collection

Title:  Jim Love Up To Now
Printing:  First
Year of publication:  1980
Publisher:  Institute for the Arts, Rice University
City:  Houston
Number of Pages:  171
Cover:  paperback
ISBN:  0-914412-16-7
Library of Congress Catalog Card Number:  80-82000
Barthelme's Contribution: Introduction (p. 8-13)

Not long ago Jim Love found himself telling a friend that he, Love, had "cried sheep once too often." He cites this to his own discredit, as a lapsus linguae. I take it to be, rather, a happy instance of the artist's transformational prowess. Any fool can cry wolf; to cry sheep is inspired, the work of a subtle, contradancing mind.