Alltop prefers roast opossum. Original photo by Doug Brown via Flickr.
The ennui was crushing at times, and even talking with an outrageous French accent would not help.
He thought of his days in the theatre. Oh, the crazy antics they’d get up to behind the proscenium. His torrid affair with the La Belle Cochon. All of the strange creatures that inhabited his world back then seemed like a forgotten summer’s holiday: it was a feeling. The intimation of sunlight glinting off his green skin… pretty girls in crinoline … absinthe parties under the panoply of the Milky Way. And so many more wisps that could be regrets if he could only recall what they were.
He was hollow. A shell. A cipher and an entertainer. These things he could be certain of, but nothing else.
Except that he always smelled of bacon.
And unto the Faithful, a terrible abomination will stalk the land, and there will be a great wailing.
Unto the bros there will be a hunger & impatience. Verily, their own hair will not suffice, nor will they wait for it to grow into Fullness, and they shall take the hair of the apes, and the donkeys, and many Unclean beasts. They will gather the hair, and curl it into the shape of leavened bread, and anoint their heads with these aesthetic Excrescences.
And the Blessed Hairdressers will weep with shame, that their arts were not enough to sate the Hipsters.
Verily, the Clip-In Man Bun will corrupt the covenant of Levi. It will anger the Lord of hosts, and a great Plague of Goofiness will sweep the land.
Allied General Arthur Currie presents “Better Creeping” (circa April 9, 1917) –>slide 4
Corporal Gus Sivertz (2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles) presents “Nervy” –>slide 7
French soldier learns of victory at Vimy –>slide 1
French soldier learns four Canadian divisions fighting at Vimy with one British division–>slide 2
Notes: The shelling at the battle began April 2, 1917, and the battle itself began on April 9, 1917. Vimy marked the first time that Canadian troops fought together on a a corps level, and they took the ridge with casualties of 10,000. Previous attempts to break the strong-point in the German line had cost French and British troops more than 150,000. Vimy is often seen as a defining moment in Canadian national history, and as Pierre Burton wrote in his book on the battle, it quickly attained mythic status. This seems like an appropriate post for Remembrance Day.