We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Re Erica Jong: An uproarious quote from the article. "At the conference, academics, novelists, and journalists — including Shelley Fisher Fishkin, Margo Jefferson, Min Jin Lee, Nancy K. Miller, Susan Rubin Suleiman, Aoibheann Sweeney, and Rebecca Traister..."
They are like a hobbyist newsletter, where all the electric train collectors recognise certain names as "famous;" or obscure musical genres which have their "stars." Except at some level, the hobbyists know they are obscure eccentrics and embrace it.
Assistant Village Idiot