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Back Issue: March 2012

In a very real sense prohibitionists of all types are pro-crime, because they WANT people of the group they hate beaten and caged, not helped to stay straight.  –  “Misdirection

MedusaBy March of 2012 “That Was the Week That Was” had stabilized to one per week, and with the addition of the Metaupdates feature (later absorbed into the column instead of grouped separately), the blog only lacked the weekly “Links” columns, the Q & A becoming a weekly feature and the Cliterati reprints to achieve the form it held for two years, from the beginning of 2013 to the end of 2014; I think I’ll always view that as the “classic” format even though it has changed since then and will no doubt keep changing as my life changes.  I think some things will probably remain for a long time to come; fictional interludes like “Penelope” and harlotographies like “La Belle Otero” are too popular to retire, event columns like “Only Rights Can Stop the Wrongs” are too important to lose, holiday columns like Hawking with chicksOstara” afford me a much-needed break, and news/essay hybrids like “A Broker in Pillage“, “The Immunity Syndrome“, “Thou Shalt Not“, “Worms in the Apple“, “Above the Law“, “Enabling Oppression“,  “Useful Idiots“, “Same As It Ever Was“, “Prudish Pedants“, and “Ape and Angel” are so easy to write they are unlikely to vanish in the near future.

A world of disorderly notions, picked out of his books, crowded into his imagination by Gustave Dore (1863)The formats you’re seeing less of these days are interviews (like this one with psychologist Stanley Siegel), movie review and book review columns, and others that require hours of preparation (such as reading books) before I even sit down to write them; the ones you’re seeing more of are personal accounts like “Target Audience” and answers to reader questions like “Misdirection” because they flow easily and quickly from my fingers.  But don’t worry; I know my readers enjoy history columns like “The Profumo Affair” and “Circle“, and value analyses of human behavior such as “Fear of Commitment“, so they’ll never completely go away even if they’ve become less frequent.  And I enjoy needling prohibitionist profiteers like Nicholas Kristof far too much to ever stop writing essays like “Knights Erroneous” and “Double Deal“.The Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah by John Martin (1852)


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