Vintage Brunette: What Anarchism Means to Me

12:59 pm November 26th, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! You guessed it, Brunette here again. ;-)

Vin’s a writer, and (not that I have to tell any of you!) a pretty darn good one — I was a fan long before we ever met. But he’s not a blogger at heart … nor am I. He’s encouraged me to post here more often, and I hope he won’t regret it! — mostly I’ve felt reluctant to do so, it’s his blog after all.

Online, I’ve always been Cat — it’s a pen name, not my “real” one, but I prefer it. Because of that, and the fact that I’m a bit of a hermit by nature, Vin long ago dubbed me “the Brunette” — which suits me just fine. Many of you won’t know that for a time (in what feels like a previous life now) I did some writing too. Even had a website, which I created with some help from friends … but life happened, as it has a way of doing, and when a couple years ago I went to update my contact info I discovered that the site host is utterly non-responsive. So now my site exists in a frozen limbo — I can’t access it, period. Perhaps someday I’ll recreate the site from scratch — start over with a new, more reliable web host. But, for now, rather than see my old work totally lost to the shifting sands of time and cyberspace, I’ll re-post an old favorite here. Perhaps with more to come, over time, if there’s sufficient interest.

Here it is — I’ll resist the pesky urge to revise, and post it in its original form (warts and all.)

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What Anarchism Means To Me

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In honor of a beloved friend

6:03 pm November 20th, 2015

Brunette here, with some sad news.

Regular readers of Vin’s might recall Sandy, the large creamsicle (mostly white, with hints of orange) cat in Vin’s author photo.

2014 Vin Portrait


First, a bit of background …

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Dec. 11 release date set for ‘Miskatonic Manuscript’

10:21 am November 15th, 2015


“The Miskatonic Manuscript” is at the printers, where lengthy incantations and rituals must of course be observed before the presses can actually roll. (It is their busiest time of year.)

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Vixens of Vinyl, Celebrity Division

10:33 am November 8th, 2015



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OK, let’s talk about the ‘staggering human toll’

9:47 am November 3rd, 2015

Columnist Scott Lemieux, who teaches political science at the College of St. Rose in Albany, wrote on Aug. 26 for the left-leaning, British-based newspaper “The Guardian”:

“After the 24-year-old television reporter Alison Parker and her 27-year-old cameraman Adam Ward were killed while on camera from a lake outside of Roanoke, Virginia . . . the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination, Hillary Clinton, somewhat predictably tweeted ‘We must act to stop gun violence, and we cannot wait any longer’ and Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe called for new gun control measures in the form of background checks.

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Now profusely illustrated

1:37 pm October 27th, 2015


Hopalong Cassidy

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67 years of The Vinyl Cavalcade

8:34 am October 5th, 2015

Cat’s Curiosities also sells vinyl LP records, by the way — nearly 200 offered online, at last count.

Simply go to our online ABE store at and enter the word “LP” or “vinyl” or “record” — results may differ slightly, but any of the three will do — in the “Search Within these Results” line.

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The ‘Gun Violence Tax’

6:23 pm September 30th, 2015

As expected, three gun-rights groups — the National Rifle Association, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, and the Second Amendment Foundation — have sued the city of Seattle over the City Council’s unanimous August adoption of a so-called “gun violence tax.”

The lawsuit accuses the city of violating Washington state law, which prohibits local governments from adopting laws related to firearms unless specifically authorized by the state.

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Dems can’t help themselves . . . it’s guns once again

12:45 pm September 4th, 2015

What’s that? The next presidential election is still 14 months away?

Sorry, but Americans are sports fans, and they’ve expressed a growing preference for the multi-level “playoff.” Not enough anymore for a team to be quietly awarded a trophy or “pennant” for simply winning the most games over the course of a long season. No. Now we need Cinderella “wild card” teams, quarterfinals, division championships, all leading up to a “Super Bowl” or “World Series.” Look at the constant hand-wringing over the fact that college football doesn’t lend itself to this structure due to some old-fashioned notion that “student athletes” should get back to taking classes and exams after a brief 12-week season, instead of spending most of the winter playing their way to the top of some “playoff pyramid.”

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If we don’t have ‘common-sense gun control’ now, time to start over

7:58 am August 5th, 2015

“There is no greater coward than a criminal who enters a house of God and slaughters innocent people engaged in the study of scripture,” said Cornell William Brooks, president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, after a visitor to a Bible study group at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church shot and killed the preacher and eight parishioners there in Charleston, South Carolina June 17.

I agree with Mr. Brooks. I hope we can all agree that when people arm themselves and travel to a church with the pre-arranged plan to open fire and kill people at that church –- peaceful, innocent people who have caused no one harm — that’s evil, and anyone who commits such an act should be charged with multiple felonies and put on trial.

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