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The Longnook Overlook

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Described by Provincetown Arts magazine as a niftily designed paper utopiathat dances nimbly on tiny barroom tabletops and across acres of ballroom floors, blending contemporary culture and sophisticated old world vitality in one splendidly readable package,”  The Longnook Overlook arrived in the summer of 2014 to unanimous acclaim: A lovely piece of bookmaking!(Wendy Doniger); Everything is of interest!(Toby Olson); What a splendid review!(Alexander Theroux)

Praised by Albert Goldbarth as clever in title, lively in look and format and beautifully written throughout,the Overlook was never a literary hoaxin effect or by intention.  Instead the literary reviews editorial concept (with contributions presented unsigned in its table of contents) was based on the sincere belief that much writing is shackled by the mere name of its creator; preconceptions about authorship (issues of celebrity or gender, for example) prevent excellent work from being published and read.  Nothing in the researched essays were fiction; all contents were literally true. Only the identity of its author was delayed until the volumes postscript.

Poetry, fiction, theater, translation, cultural criticism, as well as a four-color centerpiece featuring drawings of Serena Rothstein there is truly something for every reader in this enchanting production, distributed hors commerce for the benefit of artistic nonprofits.  Dedicated to the great American Oulipo writer Harry Mathews, the dedicatee himself responded enthusiastically to the finished project: I receive your homagewithout a trace of anything but delight.

Table of Contents

A Few Words from the Editors          5

 

POETRY

 Five Poems   7

 After Patti Smith  13

 Change Your Life  21

 Product and Other Poems     31

 The Statesman Returns to Transalpine Gaul  64

 from “The Inarticulate Quartet”  87

 from At MOMA  122

 The Realm of Twilight  132

 

THEATER

 from Uncle   22

 

FICTION

 Frederick  9

 All Things Save Beauty  67

 

PORTFOLIO

 Serena Rothstein’s Personages   97

ESSAYS, ETC.

 Racketeers  16

 Alberto Cavalcanti: A Catalogue Raisonné  36

 Masculine Dance and the Hollywood Musical:

            An Interview  91

 The Race of Rachel Wetzsteon  113

 Levine in Boston  126

 A Quite Contrary Modernism  138

 

TRANSLATION

 Colette’s Cut Flowers 14

 Verse by Max Ophuls

           after the German  80

Robert Mezey and Jorge Luis Borges:

            Some Thoughts on Authority and Translation  84

 The Poem of Fuke Zenji

            after the Japanese  143

 

Postscript  144

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