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Welcome to Newsletter #143

A bunch of tales I wanted to share with you

A tale I read

Alligator by John Hegley
[Alligator by John Hegley]

A tale I heard

Comedian and actor Lolly Adefope on being 'cancelled' on social media:

"There was this charity comedy gig in London at Christmas last year or the year before. They put out this poster that had 25 different acts on it and they were all white. It wasn't that I was annoyed I wasn't on it or anything, it was just quite a weird poster to look at. Like, to see 25 white people. I tweeted 'Someone's dreaming of a white Christmas.' Which, I must say, is very funny. What always happens is that it could have been a non-story but then someone high profile gets involved. One of the comedians who was on it like rushed to the organizer's defense and was like 'He's not racist!' And I was like 'I didn't say he was a racist.' And then it became a race riot between comedians about a charity gig. I just did a funny tweet. But yeah, I'm glad that I've been canceled, because it feels like I'm now immune. I have the antibodies."

A tale I saw

Dance for Dancing's Sake by Mark 'Mr T' Thompson

A tale I wrote


I miss sitting at bus stops
awkwardly smiling at strangers,
pretending I’m not ear-wigging,
biting my tongue
like a know-it-all
as they talk about
what’s her face
from whatchamacallit
you know, that thing
with the cameras like eyes
she’s in all sorts now
I think she was a queen
short hair
English
Bev from the AA
short hair
you know
her
.

A tail I like

[A tail I like]
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