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Welcome to Newsletter #39

A bunch of tales I wanted to share with you

A tale I read

I Can Wink by Gabriel, Aged 6
[I Can Wink by Gabriel, Aged 6]

A tale I heard

Actor Jim Carrey talking about the arduous process of becoming the Grinch:

"The make-up was like being buried alive every day. The first day was eight and a half hours. I went back to my trailer and put my leg through the wall and I told Ron Howard I couldn’t do the movie. And then Brian Grazer came in and, being the fix-it man, came up with the brilliant idea, which was to hire a gentleman who is trained to teach CIA operatives how to endure torture.

And that’s how I got through the Grinch. He said: ‘Eat everything you see and if you’re freaking out and you start to spiral downward, turn the television on, change a pattern, have someone you know come up and smack you in the head, or smoke. Smoke as much as you possibly can.’

So I was this Grinch smoking with a giant cigarette-holder so the green yak hair wouldn’t set on fire. It was horrifying. I kept thinking: ‘It’s for the kids, it’s for the kids, it’s for the kids.’

I did the make-up 100 times. And you know what got me through it? The Bee Gees. I’m not kidding you. The only thing that worked in the make-up chair, to be calm through the process, was everything the Bee Gees had ever done. I don’t know why. They just made me happy. There’d be no Grinch without them. "

A tale I saw

Conversation With a 10 Year Old Girl On the London Eye by Maria Ferguson
[Conversation With a 10 Year Old Girl On the London Eye by Maria Ferguson]

A tale I wrote


She tied his tie tightly
for the final time.

(I can’t work out whether
this means she dressed
her beloved, deceased
husband smartly for
his coffin or if she
strangled him
to death
with his 
tie after
finding
out he
was a 
cheat.
I’ll let
you
pick.)

A tail I like

[A tail I like]
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