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Ted Pelton

TED PELTON is the author of four books, including most recently the novella Bartleby, the Sportscaster. He is also the founder and publisher of Starcherone Books. “Woodchuck in Prison” is from The Trickster Woodchuck, a work-in-progress of linked stories, seven of which have appeared in the Brooklyn Rail since 2007.

Do Spring Showers Disclose Flowers?

I haven’t inquired recently into whether there have been new developments in the court masque, but a case can be made that no art form today is more conservative in its general formal tendencies than fiction writing. More demanding to consume than more passively experienced visual or aural art forms, and for the most part mass-produced by subsidiaries of entertainment conglomerates who more and more insist on bottom-line profits, so much fiction today is so plainly moribund that the “truth is more interesting” camp now has adherents even among creative writers themselves.

Elk Sleeps With His Own Wife By Mistake

Woodchuck had a friend named Elk with whom he had adventures.

The Trials of Woodchuck

Here is another story of Woodchuck. As we all know Woodchuck was a wanderer. One day he came to the people in his wanderings and they noticed that his feet were covered with red oozing sores.

Woodchuck In Prison

Once in his travels Woodchuck felt a bit tired and lay down to nap in a town where he knew no one and no one knew him.


Ah, Woodchuck I will tell the story of Woodchuck One day God looked down On the people and the people were having a bad time because of the sportsmen

Penis Learns How To Sing

If you have heard the stories of Woodchuck you know that Woodchuck was always losing his penis which he carried in a box but never locked. Once he lost his penis he went madly searching for it everywhere because he knew what trouble could result if he didn’t find it.

Woodchuck & Lemur

Woodchuck had been gone a very long time when he finally reappeared with a companion stranger than any creature the people had ever seen.

Woodchuck and Hank Williams Zombie

Let us hear another story of Woodchuck. One day in his travels Woodchuck saw a man whose western shirt was drenched in blood streaming also from his mouth. In his teeth were small clumps of flesh and gore. It was Hank Williams Zombie.


As Federman used to say when I was his student in the mid-80s that each of his books began with a sentence he heard in his head, here is a sentence for Federman, who last week, as he would also say, changed tense...


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