Posted by The Happy Tutor
“We wear the mask that grins & lies, It hides our cheeks & shades our eyes ~ This debt we pay to human guile; With torn & bleeding hearts we smile, And mouth with myriad subtleties.” Paul Laurence Dunbar (1895)
Bill Schambra met the Author Function at a charity event and asked him whether he wrote all the posts at WB. I have been mulling over the answer. The truth is that the AF is a figure head, or ventriloquist's dummy, like Reagan or Bush. We Fetish Action Figures have taken on a life of our own, as you, Bill, have begun to do yourself now that you write under your own byline instead of impersonating Ed Meese. Most of the posts come from links tossed to us, as in improv, by other characters, those who inhabit the comment section. We are really a kind of improv troupe, or Surveillance Camera Players, playing at being ourselves. We use masks, Bill, for a reason you can readily understand. If you grab one yourself, and post comments under an assumed name, we will not betray you to your funders and will expect you to play by those rules too. What happens in Wealth Bondage stays in Wealth Bondage. If the Department for Freedom of the Fatherland asks for our email address, or "true identity," I hope you will tell them to look in the nearest Dumpster. When "message discipline" and "perception management" get to be a burden, stop by WB, grab a mask, and say what you think, even if you disguise your voice, change genders, and speak in parables or in tongues. As much as you know, as much as you can't say without violating confidences and protocol, and betraying your colleagues into the hands of a howling mob, still you can at least gesture in dumbshow. Anyway, here is your mask. You want the one with the fuzzy hair or with the long beak?