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Volume One - Issue Eight - January 2009
Letter from the Editor
From broad slapstick to the driest of irony, it's always seemed to me that humor is a far under-used tool in the art of
storytelling. Truth to be told, from my earliest days, my favorite writers, musicians and artists have been the ones that
made me laugh out loud or chuckle quietly in the back of my mind. The ones that turned plots back on themselves to
expose the underbellies of hypocrisy, the giddiness of man, to make us laugh (and to wonder) at our own
There something enlightening about art that can somehow -- with great affection -- illuminate the foibles of
humankind. Therein lies the magic of humor, it can correct and comfort at the same time. It binds us together by
teaching us to laugh at all our little universal tragedies.
For January, the rest of our editorial staff has been kind enough to humor me (as it were). They've given me
permission to indulge myself and in this month's issue, you'll find sly bits of wit tucked into corners, ironic twists of
fate, outright comedy, some sardonic satire and perhaps, some inexcusable silliness.
Selecting pieces for our January 2009 issue has been a complete joy for me. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as
I've enjoyed putting it together.
"Perhaps the mission of those who love mankind is to make people laugh at the truth,
to make truth laugh, because the only truth lies in learning to free ourselves from
insane passion for the truth." - Umberto Eco
Fawn M. Neun
Executive Chief Editor
The Battered Suitcase