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  •  Couldn't have done it without you! (4+ / 0-)

    Or without SD, of course.  Thanks to you both, and to serendipityisabitch.

    This is SO much fun!

    And may I say I appreciate your defense of  Von Haushofer and the Bambschnozzle group.  I'm sure you can understand that limitations of space in what must be a brief preface forced this writer to make hard decisions about how to compose a brief overview that will inform the reader of the arc and scope of the Afterword without overwhelming him/her.  (And one must keep the casual reader always in mind, as I'm sure you're aware.)

    I trust you will find the choices made by the writers and editors of Afterword more satisfactory than my poor and limited effort in the Preface.  In a lengthy footnote (page 187), the reader will be informed of the lengthy and rigorous scholarly discussion that led to the choice of '12 years/1,243 distinct groups'.  I will summarize that discussion here, since you have expressed an interest, although I'm sure you will find the Afterword's fuller treatment more satisfactory.

    During that twelfth year, there was (as most scholars agree) a brief period of approximately 7-8 weeks in August through September (although some still say 12 weeks, beginning as early as June), during which the identifiably distinct interpretations reached a kind of dynamic equilibrium.  (A few overconfident souls went as far as to write letters to the editors of various journals rejoicing in the belief that 'the end of interpretation has come'.    How well I remember the gales of laughter that shook the classroom when my second-year colleagues and I were told of this period, and what enjoyment we derived from the required reading for that course!)

    Of course, we understand now that this brief lull was a result of the weather -- it was the Year of Summer-As-It-Used-To-Be, you will recall, when all but the most essential work went undone.  But Bambschnozzle's core concepts of meta-interpretation (Restraint, Perspicacity, Verve) had already begun to circulate and ferment among various schools of interpretation, leading to a re-vivification in many schools and leading to innovative thinking such as the 'Judiciously Open' and 'Relaxed Literalism' movements.

    The Afterword relies heavily on Von Haushofer in its discussion of Bambschnozzlist thought and influence and indeed name that following winter (The Winter That Never Seemed To End) as 'The Period of Glorious Flowering' that led to the lengthy and fruitful 'Resurgence of 'Mimicry' ' era.

    Limitations of time constrain me to another brief overview, but I hope my poor efforts will satisfy your concerns until the Fourth Edition is released.  And limitations of time will, alas, prevent me from entering into an extended correspondence with you on these issues.  You are welcome to quote from this response on the Forums, under the standard Fair Use and Respectful Citations guidelines.

    I hope you will find the Fourth Edition, and its Afterword, useful as a scholarly resource and that it will ample food for further thought and discussion as the interpretation of The Long, Slow Stain of Mimicry continues.

    With sincere best wishes, and with thanks for your expression of scholarly concern.

    •  Oh... My... Word... I think you topped yourself. (4+ / 0-)
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      I do wish, however, to draw your attention to your duplicate use of the word 'brief' in the first paragraph. As a scholar, you should well be aware, allusions to the commonality aside, that THIS WILL NOT DO. An alternate usage of 'constrained', perhaps, or, in extremis, 'short' would have upheld our dignity more fittingly.

      Yours in all humility,

      At least half the future I've been expecting hasn't gotten here yet. Sigh.... (Yes, there's gender bias in my name; no, I wasn't thinking about it when I signed up. My apologies.)

      by serendipityisabitch on Tue May 14, 2013 at 10:17:36 AM PDT

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    •  Putting a comment here to bookmark this (2+ / 0-)
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      location to let you know I have seen your post. I will return when work allows. Your update cannot be allowed to long remain unchallenged.

      The Americas greatest political dynasty...the Kaan

      by catilinus on Tue May 14, 2013 at 01:33:23 PM PDT

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      •  Um, . . . hello? (4+ / 0-)

        Um, . . . hello?  Hello, Hi, this is Miss Pettijohn, the Director's assistant.  The junior assistant. .  . you know the Director . . . that you've been corresponding with?  I'm ah, I'm afraid I have to tell you . . . I mean I've been told to say . . . that the Director has been forced to retire to a dimly-lit room for a long lie-down with a cool cloth dipped in lavender-water over his eyes, with the fan on, for a while.  For an indefinite period, I mean.  I'm, ah, supposed to tell you that, um, although the Director welcomes your correspondence he asks you to consider the frailties of age and generously grant him leave to delay his response somewhat.

        Oh, and, he says to tell you that he deeply regrets being incom -- incommoded, and, um hopes that his, um, indisposition will not inconvenience you too severely. He looks forward, he says, to a continuing discussion and regrets that his strength and the demands of his superiors on his time may unfortunately require him to delay his response.

        He says to say With Sincere Good Wishes.

        Okay, um, bye.

        •  I am soooo impressed! (4+ / 0-)
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          Denial is a drug.

          by Pluto on Tue May 14, 2013 at 07:26:32 PM PDT

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        •  My dear Miss Pettijohn, (2+ / 0-)

          I certainly appreciate your candor in relating to me the causes which will prevent further correspondence between the Director and myself. I truly am sorry to hear he has succumed to an apparent nervous disorder.

          I imagine your situaton is a difficult one. There must be diverse contingencies you are now forced to deal with in attempting to wrap up various projects initiated by the director. No doubt you were left with no writtin instructions. This makes it doubly hard for me to add to your newly acquired responsibilities by requesting your aid in the retrieval of certain items (trinkets really) of which I am the legal owner.

          1. The Spear of Longinus.

          2. A copy of De Vermis Mysteriis.

          3. A 2nd Century Mayan Codex bearing the Kaan glyph.

          4. Julius Ceasar's original notes on his involvement in the betrayal of Catiline.

          5. The 22nd edition of former President Bristol Palin's "How I helped President Tagg Romney to retire early to Gitmo."

          Having now just written my request I realize the extreme unliklihood of your being able to fulfill it. From what I've kenned of the Director's personality and trust level, it cannot be hoped that he would have vouchsafed to you even the merest hint of the existence of these items. That necessarily being so, combined with my own inability to leave the area in which I currently reside, only one course of action is left to me.

          I shall burn my own incomplete copy of "The Long Slow Stain of Mimicry." The Stain cannot be removed from history, but those who have seen it can be. I am more an antique Roman than a Dane.

          (The above note was found inside a partially burnt and locked dioexerous box. The body next to it was burnt beyond recognition and has never been identified. The key to the box was found nearby. Authorities speculate the person had set themselves on fire and then attempted to employ the key to retrieve the contents of the box.)

          The Americas greatest political dynasty...the Kaan

          by catilinus on Wed May 15, 2013 at 12:23:46 AM PDT

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