The Day After Groundhog Day in ‘Short Film’

Tell me nothing.

Tucker Lieberman
2 min readFeb 3, 2023

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Detail from the book cover of Most Famous Short Film of All Time. Three people and a pink convertible.
Detail from the book cover of Most Famous Short Film of All Time. Cover artist: Cel La Flaca.

An excerpt from the novel Most Famous Short Film of All Time.

On February 3, 2015, Lev reflects:

It’s stopped snowing, and the TV in the breakroom is off. Finally. The newspaper put smiling children on the front page and a short article about the results of what the groundhog saw or didn’t. Yesterday was Groundhog Day.

It occurs to me: Nothing happened. Apart from a snowstorm, nothing.

Talking to Noon made a difference. To interact with the ghost is to eat the ghost. I ate his violent fantasies.

And then:

The emergence of nothing can eat you up: your knowledge, the world itself, and all recurring worlds. Alternatively: It may spawn a new world. Alternatively: Nothing may follow nothing.

Tell me nothing.

What do the poor have, the rich need, and if you eat it you’ll die?

What does the dead canary say?

What is the problem after the doctor preemptively pulls my uterine plumbing?

What confidence do they express in a transsexual man’s manhood?

What happens when I use the men’s bathroom?

What, then, have they learned?

What is this copy a copy of?

What does a groundhog fill its burrow with?

What is my responsibility if a terrible boy drowns on vacation?

What did Thoreau pay in taxes during the Mexican-American War?

What was the legal penalty for JFK’s assassin?

What does the Jew charge for an automobile when you remind him what he is?

What does my friend say to me after that?

What does the theocrat claim to add to his Jesus?

What work may the Jew do on the Sabbath?

What do the…

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Tucker Lieberman

Editor for Prism & Pen. Author of the novel "Most Famous Short Film of All Time." https://tuckerlieberman.com/