Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope: All-Story

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9780156011105: Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope: All-Story

The literary journal Zoetrope, founded in 1997 by film director Francis Ford Coppola, proved an instant and spectacular success with readers and critics nationwide. That its mission, to seek out and publish only the brightest, most original writing that intersects film and fiction, has worked triumphantly is attested to by the numerous awards it has garnered in only two years, from such publications as Bestt American Short Stories, The O. Henry Award Prize Stories, Best New Stories from the South, and many more. And Zoetrope is equally known for having discovered new writers who have rocketed to fame, including Melissa Bank and Sarah Powers. Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope: All-Story presents some of the best writing to have appeared in the magazine to date, including work by Amy Bloom, Peter Lefcourt, Philip Gourevitch, Lucia Nevai, Melissa Bank, and Tim Gautreaux, among others. In addition, original essays and fiction never before published appear here, including work by John Nichols, Salman Rushdie, and Robert Olen Butler. The result is an exciting and vital collection, a must-have for readers of today's best writing and for fans of today's best films.

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In his introduction to Zoetrope: All-Story, Francis Ford Coppola explains exactly what possessed him to start a literary magazine. Emphasizing what should be an obvious point--a good movie requires a good story--the acclaimed director laments the lowbrow sensibility of motion-picture studios, pointing out that "none of them that I know of devote serious resources to the cultivation of literary work." Hollywood has a hallowed tradition of slapping together screenplays based on flimsy pitches ("It's like Babe meets Angela's Ashes"). In contrast, Coppola has his own humble request for "good writing, good characters, and intriguing stories that spellbind us, but also teach us about life."

The collection opens with Sara Powers's captivating story about commitment and doubt, in which a sporting couple agrees to experiment with selective lying (at the rate of three falsehoods per conversation). Amy Bloom's "The Gates Are Closing" is a vivid, funny, and typically touching story about a woman having an affair with her synagogue president's ailing husband. Still, the most amusing tale--and the one that may resonate loudest with struggling writers--is "Thinning the Herd." In Peter Lefcourt's comic fantasia, the narrator interviews one Warren David Warren (a.k.a. "Son of Shakespeare"), a self-proclaimed "revisionist literary Darwinian" who slaughters authors whose work he finds abominable. Defending the murder of a prolific bestselling scribe, Warren makes his case: "He kept spewing them out. Like rabbit turds. Who did he think he was--Trollope?" There may in fact be a glut of writers. But within the boundaries of this collection, at least, their stories are superb--and many of them would make great cinema. --Brangien Davis

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Praise for Zoetrope

Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope has had a tremendous impact on the nearly anonymous short-story format. (The New York Times)

Zoetrope, dedicated exclusively to the short story-from which Melissa Bank, among others, was launched-has affirmed the new glamour of short fiction. (The New York Observer)

Since its inception, the buzz around Zoetrope has been continuous and loud . . . the magazine has received extensive media coverage and has achieved one of the highest circulations of any literary journal in the country. (Poets & Writers

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