No kindness goes unpunished
(an open letter to Tusk)


Dear Tusk---

Remember that post I wrote that mentioned Regina Spektor? And how you said she was awesome? And that you were totally going to buy me a copy? But Amazon America wouldn't take your pounds? So you were going to make something happen and send it through the mail?

Yeah. You're pretty much the best person I know.

Anyway, the envelope came in the mail today, noting the postage (£1.87) and the date of departure (03/03.07) on a neat, white sticker.

What was not marked on the sticker but which I was able to ascertain all too quickly was that one end of the envelope had been cut open and that the US Postal Service had stamped it with RECEIVED WITHOUT CONTENTS.

I'm not sure where to begin.

With how bummed I am?

By railing against fate?

The post?

Miz Spektor?

I feel a sort of guilt--as if this were my fault. I feel a sort of rage--although against what I could not say. I feel a sort of dread--lest this twist in the story drive you over some mental precipice. Not that I consider that likely, but it's just the way this story seems to be going.




I really like the color of pen you used to address the envelope.

Thanks again,

your unfortunate pal,


ps: sorry i don't know any welsh jokes to lighten the mood.....


  1. My heart hurts for you. It hurts real bad. Because I, too, know what it is like not to get my mail.

  2. Would you like me to make this situation even worse?
    Yeah Yeah Yeah's "Show your bones" was in there too......along with Penguin Stickers.
    And I paid for the package using US dollars, ironically.
    Would you like me to try once more?

  3. Penguin stickers? How cruel does this world get?


  4. .


    The answer, of course, is yes. But I don't know if I could bear another such tragedy.