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Letters of discredit
The funniest magazine I ever read was the National Lampoon. It had a contender for the Best Magazine Cover Ever—the picture of the worried dog eyeing the revolver pressed to its head, with the caption, “If You Don’t Buy this Magazine, We’ll Kill this Dog.”
The funniest part, though, was the correspondence pages, featuring letters from the editors, in which their imaginations ran riot. They once, eg, wrote a pyramid chain letter asking readers to pluck out one of their eyes and send it to the name on the bottom of the list; the letter was signed by Sammy Davis Jr, Peter Falk, Moshe Dayan, Ry Cooder, Hannibal, Rex Harrison and other famous one-eyed people.
So, sometimes purely as homage to the National Lampoon but more usually when Trinidad throws up a straight election fight between the entire Indian political tribe and one elderly African man, I like to lighten the load of my consciousness of being Trinidadian with a few letters to myself; it’s as much for my mental health as your amusement and I sincerely hope that only one of us is cracking up.
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