Sequentially reprinting Dave Sim's letters and faxed correspondence to me, with occasional annotation from me.
...And now we’re back to one of the exchanges in which Dave faxed my fax back to me with notes in the margins. I’m going to try to piece it together to make a coherent narrative, without reprinting all of my fax, as doing the latter has met with great resistance here. This fax regarded publicity for the release of Judenhass, dated 6/13/2008, followed by an exchange dated 6/17/2008:
[I had informed Dave that after multiple delays, the newspaper for which I worked at the time -- The Tulsa World -- was going to print the preview that I had written much earlier for Judenhass.]
Much appreciated. You will be living proof to future generations that publicizing my work was just a matter of initiative, follow-through, and using the available resources.
[And then I told him that I was soon to start a summer job that would bridge the gap between the spring and fall semesters of my teaching jobs. The job was to supervise a bunch of teenage workers at a water park.]
Don’t go drinking with anybody your first week... "Those who refuse to learn from the past..."
[And then I made reference to the infamous faxes between Jeff T. and Dave and told Dave that I was going to defer to Rick S. to post them, but that I would pick up the task again later in the summer.]
No rush... if the names start deserting off the petition, there's a 100+ cushion of names.
[And then, I made reference to the letters page for glamourpuss #2, a proof of which Dave had sent to me earlier, because it was I who named the letters column.]
Glamourpuss #3 is done. Sandeep is printing out #2 and #3 today or tomorrow and I’ll fax you the letters page when I have it.
[I closed my letter with my standard "As always, yours beyond all three books."]
Jeff -- No problem. Matthew and/or Sandeep should be posting the cover of glamourpuss #4 and an ad for a variant edition of #1 on Monday. Or, Tuesday.
[I have only the second page of this day’s fax, but it seems that I was referring to an online exchange about the nature of the differences between men and women (males and females) with someone at the old Cerebus Yahoo chat group. Dave’s response:]
I don’t buy the argument about men being over-represented at the high and low end. I think that’s a misguided sop to women’s understandably wounded vanity at the nature of reality. I share your view that men were created one way and women were created another way like carefully balanced magnetic poles centering on the home that women desire to make by virtue of their intrinsic reality and the resourcefulness of men in making that possible. It isn’t 100 percent perfect, but it’s a lot closer to perfect than women running around loose doing everything on the basis of what their hearts tell them they should do or men trading in their old wives for younger models. I’ve just finished Maureen Donaldson’s book about her four-year affair with Cary Grant when he was in his seventies and she was 28. All very romantic in the telling but, at essence, a Grand Farce when compared to the working model we had for thousands of years.
I do believe that the onset of feminism was just the starter’s gun on the mass suicide of atheistic liberals as a culture. Sequential monogamy with a below-zero birth rate means that each new generation of progeny are further and further from the idea of what a home is: so far from it that they sneer at it and call it LEAVE IT TO BEAVER or THE STEPFORD WIVES. Just as the womb is our first home, so the home is the larger essence of what a womb is. No womb, no gestation; no gestation, no womb sense. That only exists where there is belief in God as a core reality. Without belief in God as core reality, really weird realities take its place: materialism, fornication, obsessive interest in marginalia (like comic books), belief that movies and television are instructional. And all of those lead to collective suicide inside of a few generations.
And, like most of of God’s abiding laws -- as you’ve seen -- you can’t even warn people about it. It just makes them more determined to eradicate themselves, their own philosophy, and [to] persuade their children to do so, as well. Very impressive. Praise be to Him.