This and that from re Thai r ment, by 3Th. March 10, 2011

Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.


September 2, 1642, the Puritans ordered the closure of the London theaters, thus ending the Elizabethan Renaissance.


The Thai prime minister, Abisit the Unready, appears ready and is calling for a quick elections, no later that mid-April if possible.

Recent articles in the Bangkok newspapers have mentioned that studies have shown that Thai women are the most financially sophisticated women in Asia. Given that unlike many other places, the sex trade in Thailand is run by sole-proprietorships, it is an understandable statistic.


The weather appears to be transitioning from the relative comfort of the high tourist season (Temperatures in the 80’s) to the beginning of the hot season that continues through June. A few thunder showers have brightened up the days.


Chapter 13.

Vince woke up in a cold sweat. He was still in his temporary apartment in San Francisco. He had dreamed that he had resigned as Chairman of the Management Committee of the firm and returned to retirement in Thailand. But that would not account for the cold sweat. Perhaps the potential impending disaster for him and the firm that the “Red Star” investigate portended that caused this upwelling of fear that he felt.

No, that was not it. Suddenly it struck him like a punch in the solar plexus. He was not being read. Not being read ment a slow death to a fictional character. What could he do about it? It was mostly the authors job to find readers. All he or any fictional character could do was be the best he could with what the author had given him.

He rolled over, grabbed his cell phone off of the night stand and called Isabella. Since she was the other main character, she had as much to lose as he did.

“Hello” she said in her husky voice. She was at the gym as she always was three or four hours a day. Action characters had to keep themselves in shape. Vince’s character was pretty indolent so he could afford to loll around in bed for a while.

He told her about his concern.

“I agree,” she agreed,“I have been having the same feeling for several chapters now. The author seems to continually put off any significant impact of my character on the plot. After all, I am the main action figure,” she reminded him. “That’s probably why no one is reading.”

Just like Isabella, Vince thought, everything revolves around her.

“I thought it would be a good Idea for the some of the main characters to get together and talk about this, to see what, if anything, we can do about it before we are all out of a job. Why don’t you call around and I will do the same to see who we can get together.”

“Ok,” she said. “Where?”

“In the conference room at the firm. It has not been used yet. Let’s say 10 minutes.”

Vince made a few calls. When he arrived at the meeting place several of the main characters had already assembled and were talking among each other in small groups. As expected, Isabella had not arrived. She would wait until she could make a dramatic appearance of some kind as she always does.

Vince noted that David Kitchen was there dressed in a flamboyant kaftan. In real life David was gay. The two the members of the management committee that had appeared in the book so far were huddled in the corner talking in wishers. David was busily chatting up Ray, who although still dressed in his transvestite attire was actually a homophobe and seemed on the verge of punching out David,

Nina the other secretary was already seated at the conference table knitting something or other. Like her fictional character she tried to keep busy at all times with one handicraft or another. Stephanie was standing alone by the window. She appeared still a bit drunk. She always had difficulty getting in and out of character.

Also getting some coffee that was set out on the credenza was Baba Giufa and Jerome who prefers to be called Horace. Strictly speaking they were not characters of the unread mystery novel, but since they were created by the same author they definitely had an interest in things.

Vince would have liked to include a number of characters from other works by the author, but when he had called them he found most of them have had their phones disconnected or they were not answering. He suspected the worst had happened to them, recycled or, he shuddered, oblivion.


a. Book World from Jasper Fforde and Thursday Next or one thereafter:

‘There was a good reason I was asked to do this, and I will not impugn my lack of competence by being irresponsibly accurate. I have a reputation to uphold.’

b. From God’s Mouth to your Ears:

When Solomon completed building the Temple of Yahweh and the royal palace, Yahweh appeared to him a second time, saying to him, ‘If you act with integrity and righteousness, obeying all my commandments and regulations, as your father David did, then I will secure your dynasty forever as I promised David.’

‘But if you or your sons ever fail to obey the commandments and regulations I gave you, or worship other gods, I will eradicate Israel from the land I gave them.’

‘Israel will be the object of ridicule among the nations, and this temple will be a heap of ruins! ‘ 1 Kings 9:1-10.

(God suffers from PMS?)

c. Models of religious tolerance and morality:

“My advice… is: First, that their synagogues be burned down, and that all who are able toss sulphur and pitch; it would be good if someone could also throw in some hellfire.”
Martin Luther (“On the Jews and their lies” 1543)


“The modern conservative is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.”
~John Kenneth Galbraith

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