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Lyric fictions by a master fabulist of America’s Midwest

The Moon over Wapakoneta is vintage Michael Martone, the visionary oracle of the American Midwest with the gift for discovering the marvelous in the mundane. In these stories Martone shows us how traveling across time zones from Ohio to Indiana is a form of time travel; how a beer bottle can serve as a kind of telescope, how Amish might power their spaceships with windmills as they travel through space and time. These stories capture the paradox of feeling that one is in the heart of the country while at the same time in the middle of nowhere, of natives who find themselves strangers in their once familiar, but now strange, lands.

On display is a love of obsolete technologies, small-town whimsy, home movies of proms and birthday parties, steam engines and baseball games. If Italo Calvino lived in Indiana rather than Italy, these are the fictions he might have made.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. The Moon Over Wapakoneta
  2. pp. 1-9
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  1. The Digitally Enhanced Image of Cary Grant Appears in a Cornfield in Indiana
  2. pp. 10-14
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  1. The Man's Watch
  2. pp. 15-21
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  1. Anton Chekhov Writes to His Friend, William Sydney Porter, in the Columbus, Ohio, Federal Penitentiary
  2. pp. 22-24
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  1. Seven Flag Days
  2. pp. 25-31
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  1. A Bucket of Warm Spit
  2. pp. 34-50
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  1. App ro x i m ate
  2. pp. 51-53
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  1. A Convention of Reanimated William Faulkners
  2. pp. 54-59
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  1. Four Yearbook Signatures
  2. pp. 60-61
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  1. Amish in Space
  2. pp. 62-69
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  1. The Blues of the Limberlost by Vladimir Nabokov Reviewed by Michael Martone
  2. p. 70
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  1. Four Hundredth Forty-fourth Night, Give or Take
  2. pp. 71-72
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  1. The 20th Century
  2. pp. 73-99
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  1. Kodak: The Film Reviewed by Michael Martone
  2. pp. 100-103
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  1. Key
  2. pp. 104-106
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  1. The Death of Derek Jeter
  2. pp. 107-121
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  1. Sigmund Freud, Alone after an Interview, Dreams of Questions
  2. pp. 122-123
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  1. Black Box
  2. pp. 124-126
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  1. Gene Stratton-Porter Tries on Hats
  2. pp. 127-130
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  1. Versed
  2. pp. 131-151
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  1. Test Pattern
  2. pp. 152-156
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  1. MM+MM+MM+MM: Footnotes in Search of a Story
  2. pp. 157-161
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  1. Author's Note
  2. pp. 162-166
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 167-170
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781573668798
Related ISBN
9781573660686
MARC Record
OCLC
1028606985
Pages
180
Launched on MUSE
2018-09-10
Language
English
Open Access
No
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