What do you write about?
Answer: I write about a variety of topics that happen to interest me. There are several book reviews. Some items are short recollections, opinion pieces, or short fiction. There are a few items about matters that I have researched. Some topics are connected to Xnty in America, in particular recent history.
Can I reproduce your entire blog post on my site?
Answer: No. I would prefer no more than an excerpt of a few sentences you found to be the most important in the article. Please attribute the source and include a link back to my post. Reposting an entire article is a form of copyright infringement.
Is this blog entirely kaput?
Answer: No, it is more like semi-inactive. I just don't feel it necessary to write something every day, and therefore I operate on a very leisurely schedule. I'll post something when I think it is worth saying.
Is "Oengus" your real name?
Answer: No, it isn't. It's what's called a "nom de plume" or "pen name." Believe me, my real name is very boring, which is why I don't use it. Famous authors sometimes go by pen names, the best example being the American humorist Mark Twain. I hope that my clever nom de plume will make me equally as famous. I derived my first name from an obscure, 9th Century Irish saint named "Óengus of Tallaght," sometimes known as Oengus the Hagiographer.
Is the guy in the picture really you?
Answer: No, but if my beard were a little longer, the depiction would look very much like me. The picture was cropped from an 1877 painting by Henryk Siemiradzki entitled "Nero's Torches." The old guy in the picture is about to be incinerated.
Do any of the labels have special meaning?
Answer: Most of the labels are for a general categorizing of blog posts; however, one in particular does has a special meaning. Now in the majority of cases, most readers will be perceptive enough to realize when something is meant to be fictional. But I cannot count on all readers being equally perceptive, and there were a few blog entries where a misunderstanding might occur, especially when I am writing in a style emulating factual reportage. To avoid any confusion, these are marked with the label "fable". But in the majority of cases, this label is unnecessary because the reader would have to be a helpless blockhead not to realize what my intent was.
Do you have a comment policy?
Answer: This applies only when comments are turned on, which is not often. And it's a simple policy. Yes, I do read the comments. But I absolutely make no promises on what, if anything, gets published or not.