Sunday, March 21, 2021

Fool Me Twice, Shame on Me

Robert Benchley was a prankster. Among his practice jokes, he left a note for the milkman at Grant's Tomb, and left two Beacon Hill Boston families in confusion as to the origin and ownership of a sofa (which is why "We've Come for the Davenport" is the name of the Boston Chapter of the Robert Benchley Society.

With April Fools' Day just ten days away, I invite Society members, friends, and followers, to submit suggested short essays or excerpts from longer works, that contain a practical joke. Your submissions will be collected into a list to be posted on the Robert Benchley Society blog and Facebook page.

Each submission must include:

  • The name of the author,
  • the name of the work (is okay to submit your own work),
  • the date of the work, and
  • a link to the work so people can read it.

Optionally, a brief sentence on why you chose this particular piece.

The list of your submissions will be published on the eve of April Fools' Day.

To submit, please email

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Robert Benchley Society

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