Most Famous Short Film of All Time

A novel by Tucker Lieberman


Philosophy — Fiction — Plenty of Time

Ghosts and goddesses beckon Lev Ockenshaw. Oh, bother. Fortunately, he’s got a pill for that. In 2014, Lev is happily telling campfire stories in Boston with his longtime friend, Stanley, and his coworker, Aparna. One day, he receives an anonymous, threatening email referring to the company where he and Aparna work. He reports the threat to his boss, but is not believed. Most Famous Short Film of All Time is a non/fiction-hybrid philosophical novel about belief, prejudice, perception, ethical action/inaction, undoing/redoing decisions, trying harder, being excellent to your friends, being a fictional character, being trans, the nature of time, and burning things that do not serve.

“frank, sometimes satirical, and very introspective…I have a fondness for this book that I don’t know how to explain”—Reedsy

“one of the most profound, thought-provoking, and engaging metaphysical reads I’ve ever come across…enlightening, mesmerizing, and engaging”—Anthony Avina

“fascinatingly baffling…I’m not quite sure what to call it…pushed the boundaries and experimented with the written word”—Daisy Blacklock

“challenges genre and narrative … the book’s real accomplishment is its deep study of what it means to be transgender in a world where categories are carefully constructed by what Lev mockingly calls the ‘cis-tem’ … intelligent philosophizing on the nature of stories, identity, and being”—BlueInk Review

“fun and fluid”—Independent Book Review

“a compelling, beating heart at the center”—IndieReader

“not without its humor”—Kirkus Reviews

“needed…an extraordinary piece like no other”—Literary Titan

“This has got to be one of the most dynamic books…the layers feel like studying a film…mind boggling…the first page of this story had me gripped…[in] a bold yet nostalgic and casual way”—Chronicles and Coffee

“a trip and a half…I would be binging this thing if I didn’t have to go to work”—The Antisocial Socialist

“this is the book which I am trying to write”—Night Beats

Listen along at home with the playlist: “It’s Not the End of the World” (Spotify)

tRaum Books
💠 Follow that bird!

Cover art
💠 Cel La Flaca
Run time
💠 455 pages

💠 September 20, 2022
💠 $23.25 US: Bookshop
💠 £21.99 UK: Waterstones
💠 $25 US: Barnes & Noble
💠 $25 US: Amazon
💠 $11.99 Kindle
💠 $11.99 Kobo
💠 $8 Itch
💠 $8 Gumroad

During the first half of 2023, you can request a free e-copy through Edelweiss — and hopefully leave a review. I’d love it if you did.

It’s also available as an ebook via Hoopla and Overdrive (Black Gold Cooperative Library System, Santa Barbara, Calif. and SFPL Main Library, San Francisco, Calif.) and in print in the Brooklyn Park, Minneapolis Central, and Ridgedale branches of the Hennepin County Library, Minnesota.

Read an excerpt
The first chapter on Reedsy (“discoverable” as of February 14, 2023)
“Epcistemology and Cistalgia”
“Pursuit of the Good”
“The Infinitely Chambered Heart of All Grief” and “We’re Watching” (Day Before Groundhog Day)
“You. Not Someone Else.” (Groundhog Day)
Nothing” (Day After Groundhog Day)

Dale Stromberg interviewing the author (July 24, 2022)
Literary Titan interviewing the author (January 22, 2023)

Included in
Rainbow Reads: Book Releases: Contemporary (July to December 2022)
Vicious Minutes Hour (Aug 8, 2022)
BookLife, aka, Publisher’s Weekly
Kindle Books Promotion
Anthony Avina’s blog (Jan 16, 2023)

Which jellybean did Lev eat?
‘Nothing happened’: What does it mean?
Which social media platform did Lev use? (answer: it was cohost)
What if a robot turns the whole world into paperclips?

Tucker Lieberman wearing sunglasses outdoors

Tucker Lieberman is the author of three nonfiction books:
Painting Dragons
Bad Fire
Ten Past Noon

and a bilingual poetry collection
recognized as a finalist in the 2020 Grayson Books Poetry Contest
and nominated for the 2022 Elgin Award
by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association:
Enkidu Is Dead and Not Dead /
Enkidu está muerto y no lo está
His essay on a horror film appears in:

It Came From the Closet (Feminist Press, 2022)

He’s contributed to three anthologies recognized by Lambda Literary:

Balancing on the Mechitza (North Atlantic Books, 2011 Lambda winner)
Letters For My Brothers (Wilgefortis, 2012 Lambda finalist)
Trans-Galactic Bike Ride (Elly Blue Publishing, 2021 Lambda finalist)

His flash fiction was recognized in:

The 2019 STORGY Magazine Flash Fiction Competition