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  1. QOTD: "Investigation launched after untrained Somali runner breaks world record for slowest 100m sprint."  This happened at the FISU 2023 World University Games in Chengdu, China.  The Somali girl ran an crawling 21.81sec 100, dobling the time of the other runners. "Her selection for the race is currently a mystery." I don't think we need an investigation for this....she's just not fast. 

  2. Lizzo is being sued by three former dancers who are accusing the pop-star, flautist of sexual harassment and hostile work conditions. Allegedly, Lizzo put pressure on the dancers to "engage with naked performers at an Amsterdam club."  Allegedly, Lizzo shamed one of her dancers for gaining weight and then fired her.  "Allegedly" sounds sarcastic, but I'm just saying we are an innocent until proven guilty kind of society here at Bel Esprit.

  3. The Pittsburg shooter who killed 11 people at the Tree of Life synagogue in 2018 has been sentenced to death.  The defense team argued that the shooter had schizophrenia and “committed the offense under mental or emotional disturbance" so he should be spared the death penalty.  Not a single one of the 12 jurors agreed. 

  4. In society: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will soon be a bachelor, it is up to you whether you deem him eligible or not.

  5. Covid is on the rise, let's just leave it at that. shall we?

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September 2023


1. Bun Bun

          Photograph by Bear Bear

2. A Fast, Gassed-Up Year and a Half of   


          Poem by Emily Menges

 3. bathhouse with venus 

          Poem by Amber Marie

 4. a declaration

          Poem by Tohm Bakelas

 5. no remedy

          Poem by Tohm Bakelas

6. What Happened? by Mark SaFranko

            Book Review by Jack Moody 

7. Introducing Tohm Bakelas

            Featured Artist 

8. Experts on Luck

9. Lexicon: Nostalgia

           By Michael McPhie

10. On Cloud, Nine

           September Crossword


Bun Bun
By Bear Bear
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Editor in Chief 

Emily Menges

& Trusty Sidekick Turtle

A note from Emily:

Bel Esprit provides a platform for artists to publish their work.

We pay $25 per piece to all artists, but we don't charge you for enjoying their work.


I do not keep a dime of the profits for myself.  It all goes back to keeping Bel Esprit alive.  Considering contributing to the project. 

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