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Welcome to Newsletter #83

A bunch of tales I wanted to share with you

A tale I read

Brick Dust by Vanessa Kisuule
[Brick Dust by Vanessa Kisuule]

A tale I heard

Writer and actor John Cleese on creativity:

“It is easier to say what creativity isn’t. A bit like the sculpture who, when asked how he had sculpted a very fine elephant, explained that he’d taken a big block of marble and then knocked away all the bits that didn’t look like an elephant. Now here’s the negative thing: creativity is not a talent. It is not a talent. It is a way of operating.

[Donald] Mackinnon showed that the most creative had simply acquired a facility for getting themselves into a particular mood, a way of operating which allowed their natural creativity to function. In fact, Mackinnon described this particular facility as ‘an ability to play’. Indeed, he described the most creative when in this mood as being ‘childlike’. For they were able to play with ideas, to explore them, not for any immediate practical purpose but just for enjoyment.

A tale I saw

Rong Radio Station by Benjamin Zephaniah
[Rong Radio Station by Benjamin Zephaniah]

A tale I wrote

Sometimes I wake up and don’t know where I am.
I look at the ceiling
and the walls
and the floor
and still don’t know where I am.
Or why I am.
I get up and get changed into clothes I don’t recognise
and go to work unsure how I know where I’m going.
I do a job I don’t understand
and go back to a home that I forgot
and eat food I’ve never seen
and go to bed
in the hope I wake up
and know where I am.

A tail I like

[A tail I like]
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