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Oct 18, 2023Liked by Michael Marshall Smith

This has been one of my all time favourite short stories. Thanks for including this!

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Oct 18, 2023Liked by Michael Marshall Smith

Oooh, I loved that story

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Oct 18, 2023Liked by Michael Marshall Smith

That cat looks a bit like a Banksy - though I didn't know he travelled that far ;)

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Oct 18, 2023Liked by Michael Marshall Smith

Great - thank you!

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Oct 18, 2023Liked by Michael Marshall Smith

Two lines from this story stay with me: "It don't really matter what's said, just the fact that we're all still there to say it" and "We were sitting sad and thoughtful, tired like we'd lived it ourselves." And it's a bit of a salve after reading the news.

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Oct 18, 2023Liked by Michael Marshall Smith

Good story. Thank you.

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Oct 18, 2023·edited Oct 18, 2023Liked by Michael Marshall Smith

Wow, nice find!

But did you find the key for the keyhole next to it?

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Oh! Finalmente, an famous series about cats….I love it…

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Oct 19, 2023Liked by Michael Marshall Smith

Magnificent! ❤️

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Oct 20, 2023Liked by Michael Marshall Smith

Lovely to revisit this story, it’s so sharp and evocative.

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Oct 20, 2023Liked by Michael Marshall Smith

I ain't no writer nor not nuffin but I don't know how you make me feel such different emotions in so short a time.

I seem to get sadness, melancholy, elation and so much else, on such a visceral level and sometimes within the same sentence!

I've always loved this story.

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Oct 28, 2023Liked by Michael Marshall Smith

I’ve always been a sucker for the zeugma: two nouns dragging you towards opposing poles, the verb holding the centre. But the double zeugma, if you can pull it off smoothly, moves you to a third dimension, the verb suspended by three nouns at the centre of an equilateral triangle in space, thus: “Tom kept losing weight and his temper and the will to live”. Bravo!

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