This edition’s subject line is taken from the poem ‘Standing in the Forest of Being Alive’, by Katie Farris:
“Madness hung out over the gravel paths, swaying like laundry. … Some of us are still putzes in death, catching birdshit on our headstone.” Today’s poem is ‘Standing in the Forest of Being Alive’ by Katie Farris. #APoemADay
Keeping this bit short and sweet this week. I’ve seen a bit of change up in subscribers recently - which makes sense, as this this newsletter has evolved from being a companion to Freelance Pod to being a chronicle of my comedy / Fringe activities and fave articles of the week.
I’d love to hear from you - what’s working for you? What would you like to see more of? Is there anything I should being back to the newsletter?
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Links of the week
Settle in for this brilliant oral history of Black Twitter
My fringe show, I Miss Amy Winehouse, looks back at some of the partying I did in the 2000s when I was young and grieving and drinking / drug culture was most definitely in. I wonder if the escapism was more than self-medication; if it had a point. I did some of my best thinking after 2am on a heavy night (sometimes). There was so much freedom in running around the place as though London was our playground. That’s why I really enjoy this nightlife newsletter by journalist Michelle Lhooq:
Floating through these ephemeral moments, I refined an instinctual wisdom on what it means to live free—and sometimes, during rare nights of true transcendence, it went even deeper, like glimpsing the face of god in this bonfire of vanities that nightlife often seems to be.
From Rave New World
Reviews for I Miss Amy Winehouse
My show has two reviews!
The full review is a bit spoilery, in case you’re planning to see the show, but this is a nice bit:
“This show isn’t like most other grief shows, in the sense that it talks about happy grief and leaves you with a smile on your face.”
I’ve never been called value for money before, but I like it:
“At only £5 a ticket, it is a bargain, particularly when calculated on a cost per laugh basis…”
My upcoming stuff
That’s all from me! Thank you for reading, I’ve been and continue to be Suchandrika Chakrabarti.
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