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Welcome to Newsletter #186

A bunch of tales I wanted to share with you

A tale I read

Goodtime Jesus by James Tate
[Goodtime Jesus by James Tate]

A tale I heard

Actor Scarlett Johansson on working on projects that divide opinion:

"I would way rather not have middle ground. I would way rather fail in someone's eyes than be that sort of tepid… that's the worst. I remember going to see Eyes Wide Shut and I saw it like three times in the theatre and the first time I saw it, I hated it. I had a visceral reaction to it I hated it so much. And then I was like, I have to see that movie again, I hated it so much. And then I loved it. I think in some ways I hated the emotional experience, it's like a visceral reaction. There's passion behind it. I can't ever totally fault a film that I absolutely hate."

A tale I saw

Ogmios by Dean McKee 

A tale I wrote


I was doing some work
and snooker was on TV
in the background.

The commentators
sounded like
they were having
two different conversations. 

"What a shot."
"It's been a lovely day."

"He's going for the pink."
"The ref has been great."


Some days
I can sit in a room 
unsure who I am.

"He's looking shaky."
"He's a true champion."

A tail I like

[A tail I like]
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