Because I Don't Know What You Mean and What You Don't

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Because I Don't Know What You Mean and What You Don't

Because I Don't Know What You Mean and What You Don't

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And I expect a lot of readers will come to this for Long's voice and viewpoint, and will be more than satisfied. Long skilfully examines the small things, the everyday ordinariness and awkwardness, and being Long there is the occasional inclusion of the political and class. Short stories can sometimes be hard to fulfill because they always give you a taste and end before you're satisfied, but that's not a problem for Josie. Now I’m getting shit from the far right and Terfs [trans-exclusionary radical feminists],” she says – with her support for charity Mermaids making her a public target for anti-trans crusader Graham Linehan, before his eventual Twitter ban. Josie Long’s first collection reveals a natural gift with a frank and poignant tale; teenage experience, community WhatsApp groups and broken family units are picked apart with a wry cynicism at the weirdness and cruelty of life.

Radio 4 regular Long was the first woman to be nominated three times for Edinburgh Comedy Award (in 2010, 2011 and 2012) and has previously performed nine UK tour.I have a strong memory of writing a story about a cat that used to sneak out at night and sing cabaret but it never finished. I am hardly a puritan when it comes to the use of blue language, especially the f-bomb, but Josie overdoes it here.

You can read this either one story at a time or all at once, and many of these short stories left me wanting more and I would love to read a full-length version of some of these plots. Although Josie is a comedian it’s not all giggles as you’d expect, there are series notes in there too that really make you think. I found this short story collection (of sixteen) to be just alright and wouldn’t really recommend it on the whole.

Its 16 stories offer rich, breathlessly paced narratives of sexual obsession or late-night parenting or annoyance with an egg-obsessed lockdown-era neighbourhood WhatsApp group, each told from the perspective of a different person. News of the title – set to be published in hardback in June – comes as Long announces her biggest UK tour so far, with 39 dates across 2023. I loved London, but I also felt like London wanted me dead,” Josie Long tells me, with a seasoned comedian’s ear for a pithy line. These are the stories where Long fully explores the characters' world and teases its complexities out, giving the protagonist and the reader moments of epiphany. I’m still out on tour with my show Re-Enchantment until the end of September too, if you fancy seeing my stand up!

The second tense is over-used, for sure – and if you didn't see that in my first paragraph then worry not, it's slathered over this like dodgy liquids on a stag night.And this is from someone who doesn’t tend to be a fan of short stories - ten “unnecessary” pages of context and detail is absolutely my bag!

RELATED: ‘ Comedian and author Ruby Wax’s honest exploration of her mental health struggles in her latest book, I’m Not As Well As I Thought I Was, unveiling treatments, musings, and a captivating European adventure. She won the Best Newcomer award at Edinburgh Fringe Festival and has been nominated three times for Best Show. I see Because I Don’t Know What You Mean and What You Don’t as Josie’s lessons in love, but love in the broadest sense; familial, parental, platonic as well as romantic. I loved the little glimpses and vignettes into different worlds and different lives, but if anything the common theme seemed to be a huge underlying anxiety. A series of narrators entertain us with blast from the past exes, friends who are a bit rubbish, dysfunctional relationships, teenagers who believe they are witches and an admin/surveillance job that has the reader guessing if we’ve moved into a parallel universe.But now, she’s also siphoned some of her complicated feelings about leaving London into a new book of short stories, Because I don’t know what you mean and what you don’t. This all-you-can-eat approach to life meant that she’s taken on some fearsomely impressive challenges. I've never entirely bought into the stereotype of Josie Long as relentlessly chirpy, not least because of that incident where she threw popcorn at me after a disagreement on which Joanna Newsom album was best. There are issues of identity, and memories, including a boy's troubled relationship with his father, a forgotten memory surfaces of his abusive father from when he was a toddler.

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