New York Competition No. 30: Notes Home From School


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COMPETITION NO. 30: NOTES HOME FROM SCHOOL. Please compose a teacher’s letter to the parent of a familiar student. For example:

Dear Mrs. Jenner:
I’m afraid Kim got into the glitter again.

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Pynchon:
Tommy’s doing very well in English, but he’s had difficulty in Public Speaking this year 

Dear Mrs. Yankovic:
Our chorus teacher has expressed some frustration with your son’s unwillingness to sing the same lyrics as the rest of the class 

Enter in the comments thread on’s Daily Intelligencer, or on Twitter with the hashtag #noteshomefromschool, by September 17.

RESULTS OF COMPETITION NO. 29: ANCIENT SEINFELD, in which you were asked to supply a line or scenario from a very early Seinfeld episode. 


You very bad man, Genghis. Very bad man.”

“No gruel for you!”

This is an argonaut reed. It writes upside down.”

God: “I’m going to get right to the point. It has come to my attention that you and Eve have engaged in sexual intercourse in the Garden of Eden.
Is that correct?”
“Was that wrong? Should I not have done that?”

This matzah is making me thirsty!”

Elaine: “Jerry, the man is a doctor.”
“Doctor? He’s a barber.”
“It’s the same thing.”

Hello … Jesus.”
“Hello … Judas.”

That’s bronze, Jerry! Bronze!”

I was in the Baths of Caracalla! I was in the Baths of Caracalla!!!”

Mulva, angriest of the Greek furies, confronts Jerry.

From out of the East came three wise men, and their names were Mandelbaum, Mandelbaum, Mandelbaum.”

I’m not sure if he’s orgy-worthy.”

You most likely know it as Istanbul, but it will always be Constantinople to me.”

You were making out during the gladiator fights?!”
— mmcl520

The sea was parting that day, my friends.”


So this angel named Gabriel visited me last night, and yadda yadda yadda—I’m pregnant with the son of God.”

Competition No. 30: Notes Home From School