As an investigator for the Fantasy Beings' Fair Housing Commission, Ferdinand Feghoot was assigned to look into complaints that the town of Donnybrook was systematically excluding the fictive.
The Mayor of Donnybrook was indignant. 'That's nonsense!' he fumed. 'Why, we have several families of Hobbits living here, the principal of our high school is an Elf, and one of our aldermen is an Orc.'
Feghoot shook his head sadly. 'That,' he replied, 'is only . . . Tolkien integration.'
(By Alan Follett based on a character by Richard Bretner)
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My visits to major cities like Tokyo, London and Washington DC have been business affairs. I haven't rode a lot of roller coasters or ridden in open air buses, but I have visited with senators, bought yams from the back of a truck and barely escaped complete embarrassment when I was introduced to Matt Wiener in Vegas.
As I wrote the book I realized that over the years exotic, distant places have become more like the mundane places I've called home. But, as it turns out, there really aren't any mundane places, only mundane ways of looking at things.
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