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The Lottery by Shirley Jackson (1948)

Before settling down to read this white-knuckler, do the following. Lock your doors and windows. Turn on all the lights. Ready a candle in case of power cut. Remember matches. Pour a brandy. Make it two. Hell, three. Oh, and have a wee. What’s the big deal? Well, it kind of creeps up on you … Continue reading The Lottery by Shirley Jackson (1948)

The Tempest by William Shakespeare (1609)

Your favourite bit, aside from the clich├ęd I cried to dream again and brave new world that has such people in’t? Mine’s got to be Caliban’s few words while basted on booze or, as he lovingly calls it, celestial liquor. What tickles is the characteristic hallmarks of the drunk as he tries to give the … Continue reading The Tempest by William Shakespeare (1609)

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