In Noblesse Oblige, the witty Nancy
Mitford dragged out an ancient skeleton from the cupboard, and enabled
us to study - and even be amused by - a subject that had hitherto, by
tacit consent, been considered unmentionable.
---H.B. Brooks-Baker, in U & Non-U Revisited
And Not Religion. And both. And neither. And all of the above. And None
of the above.
Do remember that "faith"
and religion remain totally opposing concepts. Religion is religion,
where, separately, faith remains that collection of fantasy which one
discusses elsewhere as that part of Mathematics which deals with
"innumerable", "variable", and "as many totally separate examples as
there are those to profess".
How the Upper, Middle, and Lower classes are. And.
How everyone in the 21st Century chooses his or her own class in
America and a few other places as well. And.
How everyone shares the basic acknowledgment and awareness that The Peon, Also Known As The
(Yuppy, Yobbo, Yob, Upscale, Underclass, Trendy, Sapeur, Pretentious, Preppy,
Plebeian, Plebe, Pimp, InsertRelevantSlangOrCodeNameHere, Hoi polloi, Hipster,
Gatsby, Chav), absolutely, demonstrably, and vehemently has no taste, no
style, no wisdom, and keeps him and herself beneath and a plague to be
solved by the rest of us.
Aspects of being The Boss, which to the horrified shock and denial of
wannabe, and willneverbe administrators can sometimes mean not being
seen, not getting in the way, and many times not taking credit.
"One of the disadvantages of being a patrician is that occasionally you
are obliged to act like one."
--- From the movie Spartacus
Canaries In Our Coal
Greetings; abandon all hope ye who read here . . . .
The files listed here are the record of a large scale pop quiz which
was administered over a five year period, where none of those being
tested were aware of being tested until after it was over.
---Emily Cadigan, In Memoriam
---Breeders; e.g. creatures that merely breed, as absolutely distinct
from parents, e.g. those who actually raise children.
---in a dream . . . ---7/19/98
---Echoes; a Thumbnail Briefing
---A Matter Of Politics
A Modest Proposal;
On the Proper Care and Feeding of a Viable Renaissance Faire
A RenFaire is an improvised and somewhat rehearsed theatrical
a 1500s back-country English harvest festival. Here is a selection of
short tutorials on how to run one, initially inspired by a quickly
producer of pay-to-enter LARPs
and particularly inspired by that company's vehement and open hatred of
---"Once more behind the history lectern, dear friends, once more,
Or close the wall up with our ---Well, you all know the drill."
---A Few Observations . . . . .
---The Book of Laws
---Bugger the Laws
---Communication is a good thing
---Organization is a good thing
---The Law of pieces
Charlie Muffin By Brian Freemantle
(1) Charlie Muffin, or, Charlie M ---
(2) Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie, or, Here Comes Charlie M ---
(3) The Inscrutable Charlie Muffin ---
(4) Charlie Muffin's Uncle Sam, or, Charlie Muffin U.S.A. ---
(5) Madrigal for Charlie Muffin ---
(6) Charlie Muffin and Russian Rose, or, The Blind Run ---
(7) Charlie Muffin San, or, See Charlie Run ---
(8) The Run Around ---
(9) Comrade Charlie ---
(10) Charlie's Apprentice ---
(11) Charlie's Chance, or, Bomb Grade ---
(12) Dead Men Living ---
(13) Kings of Many Castles ---
(14) Red Star Rising ---
(15) Red Star Burning, published in 2012.