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Ten Past Noon: Focus and Fate at Forty

Ten Past Noon: Focus and Fate at Forty

by Tucker Lieberman
Ten Past Noon: Focus and Fate at Forty

Ten Past Noon: Focus and Fate at Forty

by Tucker Lieberman


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In the Roaring Twenties, Edward Cumming might have become a railroad businessman, but he was more interested in literature. During the Depression, he tried to write a book about historical castrations. At thirty-nine, he died by suicide.

What went wrong for him? A lack of focus? A problem of fate? The number forty? Or was his book haunted?

In this train ride of an American biography, Tucker Lieberman tells the story of the would-be scholar of eunuchs. It is an essay about war, racism, gender, time, mortality, free will, money, argument, information architecture, and why a writer might not finish a book.

A hypno-saga...experimental, tender, angry, freighted.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781732906044
Publisher: Glyph Torrent
Publication date: 03/06/2020
Pages: 482
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.07(d)

About the Author

Tucker Lieberman-haunted by his acquaintance with the late author of "Eunuchry"-wrote the ghost story "Exit Interview" for DefCon One's "imaginary friends" fiction anthology, "I Didn't Break the Lamp." At Brown University, he received the Casey Shearer Memorial Award for Creative Nonfiction and a bachelor's degree in philosophy. He earned a postgraduate degree in journalism from Boston University. Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, he lives with the science fiction writer Arturo Serrano in Bogotá, Colombia. He is turning forty.

Table of Contents

Now Departing From Track 1

  • Now Departing From Track 1

Tracks 1-28: Origin Story

  • Was the Superintendent Deceived?
  • The Turn of the Century
  • The Trains of Ned’s Childhood
  • Industry, Thoroughness, Purpose
  • Entering the Great Depression

Tracks 29-36: The Cart

  • By Subject Not Alphabetical
  • Damn the Surgeons!
  • Thought Processes
  • Hypothetics and Hoarding
  • Correspondence
  • Where to Begin? Will It Ever End?
  • What We Can Stop Today
  • Nothing? Or Almost Anything?
  • ‘Little Infinite Poem’
  • Tell Me, How’s It Going?
  • Every Effect Is Itself a Cause
  • Testosterone

Tracks 37-39: No Book

  • Unanswered Questions
  • Impulse, Obsession, Doubt
  • Monster Manuscripts
  • Molossus
  • End of a Decade
  • Suicide Note

Now Arriving on Track 40

  • Now Arriving on Track 40


  • Acknowledgments
  • About The Author
  • Primary Texts
  • Selected Books

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