An editor’s note: I originally did this post – on a book about the “mysterious death of Ashley Wilkes” – in 2015. It was a “Page” link – along with ABOUT THAT “WASP” NAME and ABOUT THE BLOG – at the top of the main page. This was shortly after I published “The Mysterious Death of Ashley Wilkes,” discussed below. Again, that was in October 2015, which gives you an idea how long it’s been since I’ve published a book.
But then in November 2020 I published a new book, described in the post “On ‘(Some of) My Adventures in Old Age.'” Which brings up at least one note: The nom de plume I used for the 2015 Ashley Wilkes book was “T.D. Scribe.” (Short for “The DOR Scribe.”)
Since then I’ve been using a new pen name, “James B. Ford.” And for the record, I’ll be re-publishing “Mysterious Death” and some other books under that fake name under the newer “James B. Ford.” But for now you can go to Amazon.com: Kindle eBooks and type in “James B. Ford” to locate the blurb on “Adventures in Old Age.” Meanwhile here’s the original 2015 “For a book version:”]
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[From October 2015:] I just published a collection of posts from this blog. (As noted in the Introduction to “Ashley Wilkes.”) The title of the book came from a post I did back on September 1. (The “strange” death of Ashley Wilkes – and other tales from the Georgia Wasp.)
The cover features the poster above left, at the top of the page. The poster came from the movie Spitfire, originally titled The First of the Few in Britain. The film was released in Britain on September 12, 1942. Less than nine months later – “on or about” June 1, 1943 – Lesley Howard’s airliner was shot down by eight LuftwaffeJunkers Ju 88C6 fighters over the Bay of Biscay. It may have been an accident. The Germans may have been really after Winston Churchill. Or Howard – “Ashley Wilkes” – may have been the dangerous British spy the Germans thought he was.
As noted, this fascinating tale and others like it are now available in book form. As far as how to get the book – in either the Kindle or paperback version, see “Intro to Ashley:”
To get an e-book, go to Amazon.com: Kindle eBooks and type in “T. D. Scribe.” (That’s my nom de plume.) Or type in “Ashley Wilkes.” To order the paperback version, go to Shop Books – Lulu and do the same. (Where the book should be the fifth one down, if you type in “T. D. Scribe,” or right on top if you type “Ashley Wilkes.”)
And now a word about “T.D. Scribe.” That’s the nom de plume I used in my original blog, dorscribe.com. This second blog – modeled on the Carolina Israelite – is devoted to more secular subjects and an homage to Harry Golden. For example, this blog lets me explore such varied topics as Oscar Wilde and “gross indecencies,” “When adultery was proof of ‘loyalty,’” ‘Mi Dulce’ – and Donald Trump – made me a Contrarian, and any number of Travelogs…
This collection of posts from the “Georgia Wasp” web log starts with “the mysterious death of Ashley Wilkes…” It ends by asking the musical question: “Whether Moses – some 3,300 years ago – was the first guy to say, ‘It’s only weird if it doesn’t work!’” (At the Battle of Rephidim. “Hey, you could look it up!”)
As noted in “Intro,” I now have my first book-collection of essays. In turn, that collection may eventually be seen as a worthy reflection of Harry’s first such effort, 1958’s Only in America. As the old saying goes: “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”
Although to Oscar Wilde – seen below – such imitation was “the sincerest form of flattery that mediocrity can pay to greatness.” (Which may of course be also true…)
And just as an aside, I’ll shortly be updating the “For a book version” link at the top of the Home page with information on how to get my newest e-book, (Some of) My Adventures in Old Age. (Subtitled “Or ‘How NICE it was to travel, before COVID.’”)
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The image immediately above is courtesy of Oscar Wilde – Wikipedia.
See also Quote by Oscar Wilde: “Imitation is the sincerest form…” But finally, see also a separate “Goodreads” article, Quotes About Imitation (76 quotes) – Goodreads. The latter included the following pithy observations at odds with Wilde’s “acerbic and iconoclastic wit:”
“Through others we become ourselves.”
― Lev S. Vygotsky
“Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal.”
― T.S. Eliot,
“Imitation is not just the sincerest form of flattery – it’s the sincerest form of learning.”
― George Bernard Shaw
and finally, this:
“There is only one thing which is generally safe from plagiarism — self-denial.”
― G.K. Chesterton.