Buy Collected Couteau

* * *

"It's been a very interesting interview. You asked some really interesting questions."
-- Hubert Selby, author of Last Exit to Brooklyn

* * *

Critical acclaim for Rob Couteau's Doctor Pluss and
Collected Couteau:

"Intellectual freshness, richness and potency ...
An impressively creative writer, whom Barney Rosset urged me to review."

-- Jim Feast,

author of Neo Phobe (with Ron Kolm; Autonomedia)
from his
Evergreen Review essay on
Doctor Pluss
and Collected Couteau.


'Collected Couteau' is available in these libraries and bookstores:

- Amazon
- Barnes & Nobles

In New York:

- Albany Public Library
- Barner Books, New Paltz
- Elting Library, New Paltz
- Field Library, Peekskill
- Inquiring Minds, New Paltz
- New York University Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, NYC
- Port Washington Public Library
- Sojourner Truth Library, New Paltz

Collected Couteau: Poems, Letters, Essays, Interviews, and Reviews features an anthology the author’s writings and publications. It contains the only complete, unabridged versions of interviews with Ray Bradbury and Last Exit to Brooklyn-author Hubert Selby. The 192-page trade-sized paperback also features an unabridged interview with Paul Bowles' biographer, Christopher Sawyer-Lauçanno, in which the latter discusses Paul Bowles, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, Louis-Ferdinand Céline, and the Beats.

Also included are two essays on Walt Whitman, an essay on Paul Klee's 'Lost in Thought,' and numerous book reviews, including reviews of 'Tea in the Harem,' by Mehdi Charef; 'The Demon' and 'The Room,' by Hubert Selby; 'Libra,' by Don DeLillo; 'Love in the Time of Cholera,' by Gabriel Garcia Marquez; 'The Mustache,' by Emmanuel Carrère; and 'A Literate Passion: Letters of Anais Nin and Henry Miller.' The book also contains a selection of the author's poems and a review of Allen Ginsberg's 1990 photography show in Paris.


- Allen Ginsberg
- Strawberries
- The existentialists
- In her white dress
- Angels and imbeciles
- Heaven
- Edda Marie soon to leave
- Your picture on the wall
- Beethoveniana Edda Marie
- Edda in Argentina
- While you were away
- Will you walk with me tonight?


An excerpt from Letters from Paris


Reflections on Paul Klee's 'Lost in Thought'

A Sort of Visitor in Life


Defining the Sacred: Hubert Selby on Spirituality, the Creative Will, and Love

Writing the Outsider's Story: An Interview with Christopher Sawyer-Lauçanno

The Romance of Places. An Interview with Ray Bradbury

Book Reviews:

The Continual Pilgrimage: American Writers in Paris, 1944-1960, by Christopher Sawyer-Lauçanno

Tea in the Harem, by Mehdi Charef, trans. Ed Emery; From Rockaway, by Jill Eisenstadt; Toni, by Fiorella De Luca Calce

Guilty of Everything: The Autobiography of Herbert Huncke

The Demon and The Room, by Hubert Selby

Rediscoveries II, ed. David Madden and Peggy Bach

The Far Side of Madness, by John Weir Perry

Eros and Pathos, by Aldo Carotenuto

The Homeless Mentally Ill. A Task Force Report of the American Psychiatric Association, ed. H. Richard Lamb, MD

Schizophrenia: Treatment, Process and Outcome, by Thomas H. McGlashan, MD and Christopher J. Keats, MD

Alchemy in a Modern Woman: A Study in the Contrasexual Archetype, by Robert Grinnell

Full Measure: Modern Short Stories on Aging, ed. Dorothy Sennett

The Betrayal of the Self. Fear of Autonomy in Men and Women, by Arno Gruen, trans. Hunter and Hildegarde Hannum

Libra, by Don DeLillo

Love in the Time of Cholera, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The Mustache, by Emmanuel Carrère 182 A Literate Passion: Letters of Anais Nin and Henry Miller, 1932-1953

Mental Health Care and Social Policy, ed. Phil Brown

The Ultimate Stranger: The Autistic Child, by Carl H. Delacato, MD


Allen Ginsberg's 'Family' Album Exhibited



Rob Couteau is a writer and visual artist from Brooklyn. In the mid-1980s he was director of a nonprofit agency that provided advocacy, housing, and counselling for former psychiatric patients, in New York City. He's the author of the novel Doctor Pluss; the literary anthology Collected Couteau, the memoirs Letters from Paris and The Paris Journals, and the poetry collection The Sleeping Mermaid. In 1985 he won the North American Essay Award, a competition open to North American writers and sponsored by the American Humanist Association.

His work as a literary critic, interviewer, and social commentator has been featured in books such as Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Love in the Time of Cholera: A Reader’s Guide, by Thomas Fahy, Conversations with Ray Bradbury, ed. Steven Aggelis, and David Cohen’s Forgotten Millions, a book about the homeless mentally ill.

His poetry, fiction, essays, and interviews have appeared in over thirty-five magazines, newspapers, and literary journals, including The Alembic; Anima; Arete; Bloomsbury Review; Cadillac Cicatrix; Chrysalis; Colere; Confluent Educational Journal; Croton Review; The European; Footwork; The Garden State; The Hawaii Pacific Review; Heavenbone; The Humanist; The Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy; Lapis; Lift Magazine; New Leaves Review; The Paris Voice; Passager; Quantum; Raintaxi; Rockhurst Review; Spring; Venice Magazine; Versitude; West Hills Review; White Pelican Review; Xanadu; and Z Miscellaneous.

After living in Paris for twelve years, he returned to the U.S. in December 2000. He currently resides in upstate New York.




 fine art


| The Sleeping Mermaid | Collected Couteau | Doctor Pluss | The Paris Journals | Letters from Paris |

Updated: 14 Jan. 2013 | Copyright © 2013 by Rob Couteau All rights reserved.