A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Californian

October 2, 2008

Greetings, candid public!  Anita Farmer here, your faithful blogging servant, injecting a big dose of patriotism and pietas right in the arse of the republic, sunny California — now nearly synonymous with Hollywood’s cultural sewage.  Fear not, my fellow Americans; not all the smart, stylish discourse coming out of SoCal is socialism and blasphemy.  Your author’s a rural soul with metropolitan polish, a little bit country, a little bit rock and roll, and delighted to broadcast from the enemy-occupied Left Coast!

Launching today, Savage Indignation is a dry martini of comment on current events with a conservative (paleo) and satiric (Swiftian) twist — punctuated by bouts of crude sexual farce, questionable toilet humor, and faux-arcane academic musings.  But not every day, mind.  I have a day job, you know.  And besides, shouldn’t conservatives beware instant analysis?  Let’s not forget the words of our esteemed Tory forebear, Sir Walter Scott (the Scottish novelist, not the Parade Magazine guy):

“Although these events followed each other so closely… they came upon Sir Everard gradually, and drop by drop, as it were, distilled through the cool and procrastinating alembic of Dyer’s Weekly Letter.”  (Waverley, ch. 2)

Just so — so please think of Savage Indignation as a cool and procrastinating alembic, distilling fine Scotch of the mind for your pleased consumption, drop by slow-dripping drop.  Taste the peat.

Saeva indignatio or “savage indignation” is Jonathan Swift’s self-chosen Latin epitaph, and so Dean Swift of St Patrick’s, Dublin is the presiding genius of this blog.  (It’s not named after Michael Savage and his radio show The Savage Nation, though I recommend that too: http://michaelsavage.wnd.com/.)  And no blog called Savage Indignation could fail to invoke the father of Swift and of us all, the greatest of the Roman satirists, Decimus Junius Juvenalis — just Juvenal to his friends:

Difficile est saturam non scribere. — Juvenal, Satires 1.30

(“It’s hard not to write satire.”  Amen.)

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