Tetenbaum, Barbara. A Powerfully Exciting Short Story. Portland: Triangular Press. 2008.
This totally self-referential book is about a book but not a book. The text is described:
“The long narrative continues.”
“Continue long narrative.”
But it’s not actually there. The same is true about the illustrations:
“(small wood engraving of the view out of the window)”
“(a complicated image showing four modes of transportation)”
Short Story is reminiscent of Yoko Ono’s first book Grapefruit: A Book of Instructions and Drawings but it has a decidedly contemporary look and feel that clearly has been informed by conceptualism and minimalism. This small book relies exclusively on the perceptions and experiences of the reader to complete the story.
The edition is limited to one hundred copies each signed and numbered by the author and artist Barbara Tetenbaum.
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