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Welcome to Newsletter #165

A bunch of tales I wanted to share with you

A tale I read

Fate by Dan Rhodes
[Fate by Dan Rhodes]

A tale I heard

Eric Carle, author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, on copying his uncle when asked 'Where do your stories come from?':

"I'd say, 'Uncle August, tell me a story.' Peering over his glasses he'd say, 'First you have to wind up my thinking machine.' And, as I had done many times before, I began to wind an imaginary lever near his temple.

After a little while, all along he had made whirring noises, he shouted, 'Halt! I have a story for you!' I like my Uncle August's answer to where stories come from. They come from your thinking machine. All you have to do is wind it up."

A tale I saw

Impossible by George The Poet

A tale I wrote

I spent a week living
like an old school rock star.
I let my hair grow long
and wore black leather jackets
that had little metal studs on.
I called people "man"
even if they didn't identify as a man
and walked with more clip-clop
in my step than usual.
I could barely bend my knees
in the jeans I chose.
I did that clever thing
where, instead of singing
about all the feelings I had,
I falcettoed about women
and all the kissing I've ever done.
On the Thursday someone asked me
if I was still going to their birthday party
on the Friday and I said Doubt it
then on Friday I turned up
to the birthday party
pretty much on time
because, Fuck it.
I didn't even shower on Saturday.

A tail I like

[A tail I like]
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