(April 7, 1931-July 23, 1989)
Resided in Houston, Texas
Published many stories in ‘The New Yorker'
Wrote ‘Snow White (1967),' ‘Unspeakable Practices, Unnatural Acts (1968),' ‘City Life (1970),' ‘The Dead Father (1975),' ‘Amateurs (1976),' ‘Sixty Stories (1981),' ‘Forty Stories (1987)' and ‘King (published posthumously, 1990)'
Why he might be annoying
He pronounced his name ‘Bartle Me.'
His books are intensely strange.
He wrote one story as a single run-on sentence, another as an itemized list, another as a series of rhetorical questions, etc.
Some find his writings pretentious.
One critic called his books ‘a gold mine for the serious student of rubbish.'
He dropped out of college.
He was an alcoholic.
He wrote a novel in which Snow White has sex with the Seven Dwarfs.
A writer for ‘Harper's' magazine accused him of planning the public beating of Dan Rather (1986).
Why he might not be annoying
He is considered one of the great post modernist writers.
He served in the Korean War (although it ended the day he got there).
He was a successful journalist.
The ‘Harper's' writer admitted he probably didn't plan the beating of Dan Rather after all.
Credit: Wieland Kalligaro
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In 2014, Out of 14 Votes: 57.14% Annoying
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In 2011, Out of 7 Votes: 85.71% Annoying
In 2010, Out of 24 Votes: 62.50% Annoying
In 2009, Out of 18 Votes: 61.11% Annoying
In 2008, Out of 23 Votes: 78.26% Annoying
In 2007, Out of 84 Votes: 65.48% Annoying
In 2006, Out of 98 Votes: 67.35% Annoying
In 2005, Out of 27 Votes: 62.96% Annoying
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